MSG 2 (Meteosat 9)


Spacecraft nº:

ESA spacecraft nº: 60

Launch data:

Designation 28912 / 05049B
Launch date 21 Dec 2005 - 22:33 UT
Launch site Ko, ELA-3
Launch vehicle  Ariane-5GS (V169)
Mission Weather
Geostationary orbit on:
Perigee / Apogee 35780 x 35793 km
Inclination 1.7°
Period 1436.1 min

Spacecraft data:

Prime contractor  Alcatel Space
Mass at launch  2000 kg
Dry Mass  kg
Basic shape  
Solar array  
Stabilisation  Spin stabilized
Propulsion 2 S400
Design lifetime  

MSG-2 and its payload adapter (ACU) moved onto the CCU-2 (payload transport container).
Credits: ESA/MSG Team


Credits: Alcatel Espace

Satellite propulsion:
  • The MSG propulsion system inherits the unified bi-propellant system already proven on communication satellites and some scientific missions. It includes:
    • 4 propellant tanks providing a large storage capacity (up to 965 kg of propellant)
    • 2 helium pressurant tanks
    • 2 liquid fuelled apogee motors each giving 400 N thrust for apogee manoeuvres in transfer/drift orbits
    • 6 reaction-control thrusters for fine orbital manoeuvres, attitude acquisition and maintenance

Satellite Attitude and Orbit Control System AOCS:
Solar panels:

Installation of the eight Solar Arrays Panels (SAP) on MSG-2 at Europe′s Spaceport.
Credits: ESA/MSG Team

The MSG solar array is built from eight curved panels (2.4 m high and 1.25 m wide) linked in a drum skirt around the satellite body. One of the panels has a cut-out for the instrument aperture. The array is dimensioned to deliver about 720 W of power at equinox after seven years in orbit. Two Nickel-Cadmium batteries are available for eclipse periods.

Astrophilately covers:


Launch cancel Kourou.


Headquarter cancel Paris.

Credit covers: J.VdDr.

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