BackForward Satellite Programme: EPS Second Generation 

Programme details
Programme description
  • Former name of the programme: "post-EPS".
  • Series of six operational meteorological satellites, named MetOp Second Generation (MetOp-SG).
  • Three satellites (MetOp-SG-A) carry optical instruments, three (MetOp-SG-B) MW instruments.
  • European programme: ESA responsible of the development of the space segment, EUMETSAT responsible of mission requirements definition, development of the ground segment and full system operation.
  • The platforms are actively stabilised over 3 axes.
  • The design life time of the satellites is 7 years.
  • The satellites exploit sunsynchronous orbits around 09:30.
  • The replacement policy is based on launching satellites in sequence, roughly 6 months before the expected end-of-life of a satellite.
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Data circulation
  • TBD
Programme lifetime 2025 - 2048
Associated satellites and instruments

Note: red tag => no longer operational , green tag => operational , blue tag => planned