H-Day: Metop-B handover to Eumetsat

Today around 18:00 CEST, 72 hrs after launch, ESA’s Operations teams will hand over a very healthy Metop-B for routine operations to our colleagues at Eumetsat.

ESA’s Deputy Flight Director Andreas Rudolph just reported from ESOC’s Main Control Room:

All systems are on green. During LEOP, our jobs on the ESA side were: one orbit manoeuvre, routine hand-over activities, preparation of the memory system and uplink routine commands to ensure spacecraft autonomy (as of now). Our colleagues from Eumetsat will be happy to receive a spacecraft in great shape and on a precise orbit.

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