MSG-4 successfully launched!
After a successful launch from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, our MSG-4 satellite began its incredible journey into a geostationary orbit 36,000 km above the Equator.
Now, a team of engineers at ESA (European Space Agency) are working together to make sure that the satellite is delivered into the right orbit.
In the video above you can see the engine and the solid boosters of the Ariane-5 rocket delivering a powerful thrust that launches MSG-4 into space.
MSG-4, now travelling around the Earth to reach its orbit, will deliver vital data for daily weather forecasting as well as monitoring storms, fog, volcanic ash and other severe weather events.
The satellite, which will be renamed ‘Meteosat-11’ once it enters operational service, is the last one of EUMETSAT’s Meteosat Second Generation series. It will constantly monitor Europe and Africa until it is replaced by two Meteosat Third Generation MTG-I satellites in 2023.