About 25 years after the first Meteosat weather satellite, the first of
the second generation (MSG?1) is to be launched in August. With
sophisticated new instruments on board, MSG-1 will change the way we
observe the weather.

MSG-1 has been developed by the European Space Agency, ESA, and built by
Alcatel Space Industries in Cannes. To help them understand its advanced
technology, ESA is offering the media an opportunity to enhance their
knowledge about meteorology in general, forecasting techniques and the
satellite’s specifics.

Media representatives are invited to Cannes in France for a seminar on 3
July. The new satellite can be seen in its clean-room environment, and
scientists, engineers and mission experts will give thorough briefings on
meteorology, forecasting techniques and climate research.

The seminar will provide plenty of background information about weather
and climate processes. Filming will be allowed and experts from ESA and
Alcatel Space will be available for interviews.

Representatives of the media wishing to attend this seminar are kindly
requested to complete the attached accreditation form and fax it to:
ESA/ESOC, Jocelyne Landeau-Constantin,
Fax +49-6151-902961.

For more information, please contact :

Jocelyne Landeau-Constantin

Head of ESA/ESOC Communications

Tel: +49(0)6151.90.26.96

Fax : +49(0)6151.90.29.61


ESA Media Relations Service

Tel: +33(0)

Fax: +33(0)


Media Seminar “Technology for Climate Research”
3 July 2002 in Cannes (F)

10:00 Arrival of guests at Alcatel in Cannes (individually or from hotel)

10:15 Welcome and presentation of the seminar by Gerd Dieterle, MSG
Project Manager, ESA, and Patrick Mauté, Director, Alcatel Space

10.30 Guided tour to the Alcatel clean room in Cannes; MSG-2 on display

11.00 Opportunity for filming in the clean room and interviews on site

12.30 Lunch with ESA and Alcatel representatives and with

13.45 Introduction to the seminar

14.00 Lecture 1: Eva Oriol-Pibernat, MSG Mission Manager, ESA:
Understanding the climate – basics of atmospheric and climate processes

14:45 Lecture 2: Emanuel Legrand, Météo France:
Forecasting weather – prediction techniques, satellite use and accuracy

15:30 Break

15:45 Lecture 3: Patrick Mauté, Alcatel: MSG technological advances

16:15 Lecture 4: John E. Harries, GERB Principal Investigator, Imperial
College, London : Monitoring climate change – climate observation and the
GERB experiment

17:00 End of the seminar
The seminar will be held in English.

Planning details:

Venue: Alcatel Space Industries, 100 boulevard du Midi, BP 99, FR 06156
Cannes La Bocca, Côte d’Azur, France

Access: Regular international/domestic flights to Nice airport. For all
guests arriving the evening before, a bus shuttle will be organised (about
30 minutes drive to Cannes). Hotel rooms will be block-booked and
confirmed on request. Travel arrangements to be made by guests themselves.
Requests for interviews to be sent to ESA /ESOC, Jocelyne
Landeau-Constantin, fax +49(0)6151-90.29.61 or phone +49(0)6151.90.26.96
or email jocelyne.landeau-constantin@esa.int

Contact for interviews Alcatel Space Industries: Sandrine Bielecki, phone


Media Seminar "Technology for Climate Research"
3 July 2002 in Cannes (F)

Surname: ____________________ First name: ________________________

Media ____________________________________________________________

Business address _________________________________________________


Telephone :___________________ Fax: ______________________________

Mobile: ______________________ e-mail: ___________________________

Nationality : ____________________________________________________

Date of birth : ______________ Place of birth: ___________________

Passport  Number _________________________________________________

Issued _______________________ on ________________________________

Expiry  Date _____________________________________________________

Will arrive at Nice airport on __________ at________ hours on flight
number _______________

(  ) wishes ESA to arrange a hotel booking for the night of 2/3 July
(  ) does not wish ESA to arrange a hotel booking

Form to be returned to:

Jocelyne Landeau-Constantin

ESA/ESOC, Darmstadt, Germany