MetOp-C joined the ESA-constellation
The European Space Agency (ESA) launched the MetOp-C weather station from Kourou in French Guiana on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday UTC. MetOp-C is the third weather station that is shot in orbit around the Earth by the ESA.
It is striking that the station is the same age as its predecessors, MetOp-A and -B, that were shot in 2006 and 2012.
The intention was that the space stations would succeed each other, but ESA said that the first two still work. Now the three are going to work together for better weather forecasts.
What is striking about MetOp-C is that the oldest part of the weather station is seventeen years old. ESA reports that the satellite has been well researched before the launch and that everything is still working properly.
The second generation of MetOp satellites is already planned. The first launch is in 2022.