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Taking weather forecasting into the future

20 May 2014

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The first documents signalling the go-ahead for Europe's fleet of MetOp Second Generation weather satellites were signed last week in the presence of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Berlin Air Show.

Set to debut in 2021, this next generation will comprise three pairs of satellites to secure essential information for weather forecasting through the decades beyond.

Not only will MetOp Second Generation (MetOp-SG) offer continuity of the current MetOp series, today the main source of global weather data, they will also provide better data as well as introducing several new measurements.

Source: European Space Agency (ESA)

Image credit: ESA-P. Sebirot 2014 - Volker Liebig and Michael Menking sign MetOp agreement

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