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Inauguration of Europe’s most modern satellite control centre

By [email protected] - 8th November 2018 - 17:39

When you check the weather app on your phone, read a forecast in the newspaper or watch the televised progress of a storm battering Europe, those forecasts rely heavily on data originating from satellites controlled by EUMETSAT from its headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany.

EUMETSAT (the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites) is about to bring monitoring of the weather and climate from space into a new era with the launch of its next-generation geostationary and polar-orbiting satellites from 2021 and 2022 respectively.

The organisation is also preparing its systems, including the critical ground segment.

The reason? To provide more and better weather and climate data to national meteorological services to be used to protect lives, property and economies.

The Geostationary Mission Control Centre at EUMETSAT headquarters has been transformed for this new era to control more satellites, process more data and to provide a more modern work environment for satellite controllers.

We would be delighted if you could join us for the “official unveiling” of Europe’s most modern satellite control centre on 30 November at EUMETSAT headquarters.

EUMETSAT’s next generation programmes will be the most complex and innovative meteorological satellite constellations in existence, carrying a payload of next-generation instruments. Some of these instruments will be making their world premiere on operational satellites.

The instruments will make a massively increased amount of data available to EUMETSAT’s users (primarily the national meteorological services in our 30 Member States).

Dr Tobias Miethaner, Head of the Digital Society Directorate-General in the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, will speak at the official ceremony, which will be conducted in English.

A media briefing, including a tour of the control centre, will be held from 10:30 to 11:30, with English, German and French speakers available for interview. The media are invited to stay for the official ceremony as well.

What: Unveiling of Europe’s most modern satellite control room

Time: 10:30am media briefing
11:30am “official opening” event

Date: Friday 30 November 2018

Where: EUMETSAT headquarters
EUMETSAT-Allee 1
64295 Darmstadt
Germany

For more information, please contact Ruth Evans at [email protected] or on +49 171 221 3015.

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