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Inauguration of Europe’s most modern satellite control centre

By [email protected] - 7th January 2019 - 13:55

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 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