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MetOp-A - Satellite Information

Designation
Spacetrack catalog number29499
COSPAR ID2006-044-A
Name in Spacetrack catalogMETOP-A

Satellite Details

Orbit 819 x 822 km, 98.7°
Category [satcat.Meteorological]
Country/organisation of origin [EUMETSAT]
Mass 4,093 kg
Intrinsic brightness (Magnitude) 4.7 (at 1000km distance, 50% illuminated)
Maximum brightness (Magnitude)3.8 (at perigee, 100% illuminated)

Launch

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

Description

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.

Links to further informationhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MetOp
Picture of satellite
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