Spacecraft nº:

US spacecraft nº: 49

Meteosat Second Generation - Also called: Meteosat-8

Launch data:

Designation27509 / 02040B
Launch date28 Aug 2002 - 22:45 UT
Launch siteKo, ELA-3
Launch vehicleAriane-5G (V155 / #513)
Geostationary orbit:
Perigee / Apogee  km
Inclination °
Period  min
Location 10.5°W

Spacecraft data:

Prime contractor  Alcatel Space
Mass at launch  2000 kg
Payload Mass 1000 kg
Basic shape  
Equipment 4 including Spinning Enhanced Visible (SERVI) and Infrared Imager and Search&Rescue transponder, GERB
Solar array  
Stabilization  Spin stabilized
Propilsion 2 S400
Design lifetime  

The cylinder-shaped MSG 1 satellite will provide improved global weather data for Europe as a follow-on to the Meteosat spacecraft series, which were launched by Ariane beginning in 1977. MSG 1 is a spin-stabilized platform built by Alcatel Space Industries for a cooperative program of the European Space Agency and EUMETSAT (European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites).
MSG-1 is lowered in place atop the Ariane 5 in this photo taken high inside the launcher final assembly building. The spin-stabilized meteorological satellite next will be covered by the Sylda C - on which Atlantic BirdTM 1 is installed.


Mission details:

Astrophilately covers:

Ariane-5 (V155)

Launch cancel Kourou

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