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Meteosat-8 ready to boost observations over the Indian Ocean

23 September 2016

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The potential to better observe the weather and climate over the Indian Ocean has received a major boost with the arrival this week of EUMETSAT's Meteosat-8 satellite in its new position of 41.5°E.

Meteosat-8, the first of EUMETSAT's Meteosat Second Generation (MSG) meteorological satellites, will replace the soon-to-be-de-orbited Meteosat-7, the last of the first generation satellites, which had been providing the IODC service but is approaching the end of its nearly 20-year-long lifetime in space.

EUMETSAT's Head of Strategy, Communication and International Relations Paul Counet said the benefits of the IODC cooperation were wide-reaching.

"The provision of better and more frequent observations by Meteosat- 8 from this new position will bring benefits to countries, such as Indian Ocean islands and the east African coast, which experience tropical cyclones," Paul said.

"Additionally, this arrangement will allow for better observations of severe weather over EUMETSAT Member States in Central Europe."

EUMETSAT's fleet of MSG satellites fly in a geostationary orbit 36,000km above the Earth. Their primary instrument is the SEVIRI imager.

Source: EUMETSAT

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