Soyuz-ST Successfully Puts MetOp-C Satellite Into Orbit - Arianespace

James Marshall
November 8, 2018

Russia's Soyuz-ST carrier rocket has put a European meteorological satellite, Metop-C, into the designated orbit on Wednesday.

The satellite is to measure in an orbit of 817 km above the earth, numerous data and collect, improve weather forecasts and climate monitoring.

The launch is the third for the Soyuz since an October 11 failure during the launch of the crewed Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft, forcing the use of the rocket's abort system to escape from the rocket and safely land downrange from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. That failed launch suffered a booster separation issue that triggered an automatic in-flight abort, separating its Soyuz crew capsule from the rocket.

The Start of the "Metop-C" against 3.10 PM CET, the European space operations centre ESOC in Darmstadt, controlled.

"Metop-C" has nine instruments on Board, to temperature, humidity, the composition of the atmosphere, the sea surface temperature, strengthening of wind, -to measure direction and speed, as well as the properties of clouds.

"To provide enhanced coverage and a higher revisit frequency at mid latitudes, the Metop satellites fly in the "mid-morning" orbit, while NOAA's JPSS satellites fly in the complementary "afternoon" orbit", Arianespace officials said in a statement.

NOAA's Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) now includes the Suomi NPP satellite and NOAA-20 (also known as JPSS-1). ESA reports that the satellite has been well researched before the launch and that everything is still working properly.

The $550 million MetOp-C satellite has an operational lifetime of 5 years, after which it will be replaced by the second-generation satellites.

It is striking that the station is the same age as its predecessors, MetOp-A and -B, that were shot in 2006 and 2012. "But they are still at the height of the time", says Klaes. The MetOp satellites are necessary for weather forecasting for periods from 12 hours to 10 days. Both "weather stations" are successfully operating on-orbit since launch, and made a great contribution to the reduction of errors in the weather forecasts. "Metop-C is therefore expected to enhance this".

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