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MetOp-A - Satellite Information

Spacetrack catalog number 29499
COSPAR ID 2006-044-A
Name in Spacetrack catalog METOP-A

Satellite Details

Orbit 819 x 821 km, 98.7°
Category unknown
Mass 4,093 kg
Intrinsic brightness (Magnitude) 4.7 (at 1000km distance, 50% illuminated)
Maximum brightness (Magnitude)3.8 (at perigee, 100% illuminated)


Date (UTC) 19 October 2006 16:28
Launch siteBaikonur Cosmodrome,
Launch vehicle Soyuz-2-1A


The first satellite of the EUMETSAT Polar System (EPS). The EPS is Europe’s first polar orbiting operational meteorological satellite system, and it is the European contribution to the Initial Joint Polar-Orbiting Operational Satellite System (IJPS). In this joint European-US polar satellite system, EUMETSAT will have the operational responsibility for the "morning orbit" with the MetOp satellites.

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