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Satellite details
Acronym Meteosat-3
Full name Meteosat-3
WIGOS Station Identifier ---
Satellite Description
  • 3rd flight unit of the Meteosat programme (last of the pre-operational series), actually implemented by refurbishing the Meteosat engineering model (P2, prototype).
  • Mission: operational meteorology.
Mass at launch 626 kg Dry mass 282 kg
Power 200 W
Data access link no link provided
Data access information
  • Real-time availability of all data to the PGS.
  • Near-real rime availability of full resolution MVIRI pre-processed images by the HRIDS.
  • Availability of image segments of MVIRI by WEFAX.
  • DCP messages disseminated through ground lines.
Orbit Geostationary orbit Altitude 35786 km


Space agency EUMETSATESA
Status Inactive
Details on Status
(as available)
  • Re-located to 50°W to provide Atlantic Data Coverage (ADC).
  • The EOL date should be understood as the date of completion of the re-location activity.
Launch 15 Jun 1988 EOL 01 Aug 1991
Last update: 2024-04-15
Associated satellite programme and related satellites

Note: red tag: no longer operational , green tag: operational , blue tag : future

Satellite Payload

All known Instruments flying on Meteosat-3

Acronym Full name
DCS Data Collection Service
MVIRI Meteosat Visible Infra-Red Imager
Show instrument status and calibration
Satellite Field of View

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