The European launcher Arianespace launches a new weather satellite today (November 6th) and you can watch it live online! At…
The European launcher Arianespace launches a new weather satellite today (November 6th) and you can watch it live online!
At 7:47 AM EST (0047 GMT, 7 November), MetOp-C will lift an Arianespace version of Russia’s Soyuz rocket from Guyana Space Center in French Guiana. A live webcast of launch begins 20 minutes before the liftoff, and you can watch it live here on Space.com, with permission from Arianespace.
In an hour after the liftoff, MetOp-C will differ from the rocket’s top stage and enter a polar runway just over 500 miles (800 miles) above the ground where it will spend the next 5 years monitor the Earth’s climate and provide important data for weather forecasters. [Amazing Launch Photos: Europe̵
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The solar sunscreen polar orbits of satellites not only place them in constant sunlight (which is suitable for solar panels charging), but also enables global observation of weather, atmospheric composition, oceans and land areas. “Arianespace officials said in a description of
An artist’s impression of the Metop-C satellite in circulation
MetOp-C will be the third and last satellite in the MetOp series of weather satellites, developed by the European Space Agency and operated by the European Meteorological Meteorological Organization (EUMETSAT). MetOp-A and MetOp-B were launched in 2006 and 2012, and these satellites are still active.
An Arianespace Soyuz rocket is sitting on top of launch in anticipation of the installation of the European MetOp-C Weather Satellite before a planned launch from the Guyana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana on November 6, 2018 .