New launch date confirmed for Metop-B
Paris, 28 June 2012 – The revised launch date for the Metop-B satellite from the Baikonur Cosmodrome has been set for 19 September 2012.
The launch campaign will resume in early July. The Metop-B satellite is being stored in a controlled environment in the Starsem facilities in Baikonur and will be subject to a set of tests and preparatory activities until its fuelling which is currently planned for August,.
Metop-B is the second of three Metop polar-orbiting satellites procured on behalf of EUMETSAT by the European Space Agency from a European industrial consortium led by Astrium.
The satellite includes instruments delivered by the French space agency, CNES, and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA. The Metop satellites form the space segment of the EUMETSAT Polar System.