6 July 2006: Accomplished through international cooperation, MetOp is part of EUMETSAT Polar System (EPS) scheduled for launch atop of a Soyuz-Fregat rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on 17th July 2006. MetOp will increase Europe’s capability for improving global weather forecasting and providing enhanced long-term climate monitoring abilities, taking meteorology and climatology to a new level.
MetOp is the first in a series of three European Polar satellites that has been developed through international cooperation with the French Space Agency (CNES), European Space Agency (ESA) and the American Weather Satellite Organisation (NOAA). Each satellite carries a payload of 11 sophisticated instruments – 8 of which are for meteorological use. These instruments will deliver unprecedented and accurate details about atmospheric temperature, trace gases, and moisture profiles.