The successful launch of Ariane 5 Flight 167 leaves the launch campaign of Europes newest meteorological satellite on track to meet its new target date of 21 December.
After 117 days of storage in French Guiana, work began on de-storing and preparing the second Meteosat Second Generation (MSG-2) spacecraft for flight on 31 October. MSG-2 launch campaign activities were officially re-started on 10 November.
MSG-2 had been shipped to Europes spaceport on 21 June. It was placed in storage following extensive testing confirmed the functionality of the platform and instruments following transport.
Meteorological satellites have become an essential element of weather forecasting and modern life, and ESA has been responsible for constructing Europes weather satellites for almost three decades. MSG-2 is only the latest in a long line of Meteosats built by ESA: the first, Meteosat-1, was launched back in 1977. The success of the early Meteosats led to the founding of the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) in 1986.
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