Europe’s meteorological satellite agency is buying commercial data for the first time, raising hopes that it will open up more agency and government contracts to the private sector.
Phil Evans, who became director general of Eumetsat in January, speaks with SpaceNews about how the intergovernmental organization is reassessing the traditional playbook for a new weather-tracking era.
With the maiden flight of the Ariane 6 now 18 months away (in July 2020), Arianespace CEO Stéphane Israël said the company had anticipated signing a manufacturing contract with ArianeGroup in the second part of last year to begin production beyond the first rocket.
Greenhouse gas monitoring was a hot topic at the American Meteorological Society’s annual conference. International agencies shared plans for a global constellation and companies showcased a new generation of sensors.
An Arianespace Soyuz mission will launch Nov. 7 without any delays resulting from the failure of a crewed, Russian-operated Soyuz launch earlier this month, Arianespace said Oct. 30.
Arianespace said Oct. 11 it’s too soon to say whether the Soyuz-ST rockets it uses to launch satellites from South America will be grounded following the failure of a Russian Soyuz-FG rocket carrying crew to the International Space Station.
Arianespace is contracted to launch Metop-SG A1 and Metop-SG B1, two replacement polar satellites, between 2021 and 2023.
Europe’s 30-nation Eumetsat meteorological satellite organization on June 29 said it would move its aging Meteosat-8 satellite eastward to cover a gap in weather coverage over the Indian Ocean to be created when Eumetsat’s older Meteosat-7 is retired in 2017.
The six Metop Second Generation satellites will be manufactured by Airbus Defence and Space under a 1.3 billion-euro contract signed in October.