MSG-4: The Journey Begins
The upcoming days are the last days on Earth for our MSG-4 satellite, the fourth and final satellite in the Meteosat Second Generation (MSG) series of weather satellites. On the 15 July, the satellite will be launched into space where it will be put into a geostationary orbit 36,000 km above the Equator.
Not so long ago, a large cargo plane safely transported MSG-4 to the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou French Guiana (South America), more than 7000 kilometres away from where it was built in France.
Now, a team of scientists and engineers are working together to make sure that the spacecraft is ready for the launch. This includes many final tests and checks, fuelling the satellite and then transferring it to the Ariane-5 rocket which will launch it into space on 15 July.
With their constant view over Europe and Africa, the Meteosat satellites provide vital data for daily weather forecasting, in particular for real time monitoring of severe weather, such as storms/fog etc, as it develops.
MSG-4 satellite will be renamed Meteosat-11 after it is launched and will initially be stored in-orbit until it is required as a replacement for one of the earlier Meteosat satellites.
Click here to access the latest news about the launch and don’t forget to follow the MSG-4 twitter account to get live updates on this space mission!