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Satellite details
Acronym Meteosat-3 (X-ADC)
Full name Meteosat-3 (Extended Atlantic Data Coverage)
WIGOS Station Identifier ---
Satellite Description
  • 3rd flight unit of the Meteosat programme (last of the pre-operational series).
  • 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
Longitude 75° W


Space agency EUMETSATESA
Status Inactive
Details on Status
(as available)
  • Re-location of Meteosat-3 (ADC) to continue filling the gap due to delay of readiness of the GOES 2nd generation.
  • The launch date should be understood as the start of the X-ADC service.
Launch 01 Feb 1993 EOL 22 Nov 1995
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 (X-ADC)

Acronym Full name
DCS Data Collection Service
MVIRI Meteosat Visible Infra-Red Imager
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Satellite Field of View

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