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EUMETSAT Council concludes the approval of the EPS Second Generation Programme and achieves progress on Jason-CS

24 June 2015

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The EUMETSAT Council successfully concluded the approval process for the EUMETSAT Polar System Second Generation (EPS-SG) programme with all 30 Member States having now firmly committed themselves.

Based on this decision, the EUMETSAT Council authorised the Director-General to prepare and sign programme-related agreements with the European Space Agency (ESA), the French space agency CNES, and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

EPS-SG is the mandatory programme required to deliver observations from polar orbit in the 2021-2042 timeframe. It will improve and expand the observation capabilities of the first generation EPS, required to further improve operational weather forecasting up to 10 days ahead.

The meeting achieved progress in the approval process for the optional Jason-CS programme: 77.83% of the financial envelope of the programme is now covered by Participating States and further progress is expected during the summer.

Source: EUMETSAT

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