Posted on September 17, 2012 by Daniel
Europe’s Metop weather satellite set for Soyuz launch
Very nice report in BBC web today by Jonathan Amos.
One of the most important European space launches of the year takes place from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, later. A Soyuz rocket will put the four-tonne Metop-B satellite in orbit to acquire critical data for weather forecasters. The spacecraft will ensure there is continuity of observations following on from Metop-A, which was launched in 2006. The computer models that provide our daily forecasts have come to rely heavily on this satellite data.