Meteorological satellite fleet notches up 30 years of service

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Published on 1 September 2016

EUMETSAT is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and, in one of those quirky coincidences, its fleet of four Meteosat Second Generation (MSG) satellites have now, between them, notched up 30 years in orbit.

The MSG satellites (known as Meteosat-8, -9, -10 and -11) are geostationary satellites, orbiting 36,000km above the Earth.

“The MSG fleet is helping to build one of the longest climate data records from space, as well as providing data crucial for nowcasting severe weather events over Europe,” EUMETSAT MSG Indian Ocean Data Coverage service Project Manager Flavio Murolo said.

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