MetOp-A completes 30,000th orbit |
31 July 2012
On 31 July, EUMETSAT's Metop-A polar-orbiting satellite completed its 30,000th orbit, which it started at 07:55:45 UTC.
Metop-A has travelled more than 1.35 billion kilometres around its orbit since its launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on 19 October 2006.
To secure continuity of the critical operational service provided by Metop-A, the second satellite in a series of three, Metop-B, is being prepared for launch in September, also from Baikonur.
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