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Operational Optical Data Services for Meteosat Satellites

By Eric Van Rees - 9th February 2022 - 06:56

Following an open invitation to tender, the technology multinational GMV, European industrial provider of Space Situational Awareness (SSA) and Space Surveillance and Tracking (SST), has been awarded a new contract by the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), located in Darmstadt (Germany) for the provision of Operational Optical Data Services to support the flight dynamics operations of its fleet of Meteosat (MSG and MTG) satellites in GEO.

The main purpose of the service is the regular provision of high accuracy optical data and orbit determination solutions, fully integrated with the EUMETSAT operational environment, under stringent accuracy and timeliness requirements. This information will support the orbit determination, manoeuvre estimation and ground station calibration operations at EUMETSAT and complement schedule or contingency station outages. The nominal duration of the contract is 3 years with 2 optional yearly extensions.

The optical data will be provided by the Polish 6ROADS network of telescopes, which has already worked along with GMV in several ESA and CNES projects and contribute regularly with optical data to the EU SST system. 6ROADS counts on a global network of telescopes in Poland, Italy, Spain, Namibia, USA, Chile and Japan.

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