Preparing for Metop-C data
Metop-C was successfully launched on 7 November 2018. In this section you'll find regularly updated information to help you plan and prepare for when data becomes available.
Metop-C has been placed in same orbit as Metop-A and B and at equal distance to both platforms, with LT equator crossing at 9:30 UTC, the same as for Metop-A and B ('tristar' configuration – see Figure 1, left). This platform phasing is the most favourable phasing for LEOP and satellite and instrument and in-orbit verification (SIOV), providing the best margin at the data downlink stations.
During the course of commissioning, and based on early data-user feedback, the decision will be made to either remain in a tristar phasing configuration or to shift Metop-C 180 degrees opposite Metop-B (original A/B configuration) with Metop-A in-between (“trident” configuration – see Figure 1, right).
Once we start to disseminate Metop-C data, you will be able to subscribe via our Earth Observation Portal (EOP).