Simon Proud shares his experience at the MSG-4 launch event
Simon Proud, came to EUMETSAT to attend the MSG-4 launch event in July.
In this interview he talks about his experience here at EUMETSAT. Simon Proud is now a researcher at the University of Oxford where he is developing new algorithms for cloud and aerosol detection (both from MSG and all kinds of other satellites).
How was your experience at EUMETSAT?
I enjoyed attending the launch event at EUMETSAT. I’ve not visited EUMETSAT, or even Darmstadt, before so it was a great chance to meet everyone, take a look around, and to share in the excitement of the launch. Having worked with EUMETSAT data for the last ten years it was nice to finally be able to see where everything is centred and to meet people I’ve talked to in the past only through email.
What was the thing you liked most about the MSG-4 launch event?
Watching the launch itself was, of course, a special experience but my favourite part of the event was actually to see the Meteosat control room. It was very interesting to see live data coming in with pictures of the Earth and also information on the health of all the satellites. In particular I enjoyed learning about how the process of controlling and monitoring the satellites is so efficient, meaning only a relatively small team is needed.
What did you think about the event in general?
The event was very good, both exciting and – before the launch – also slightly nervous! Everything was very well organised and it was nice that EUMETSAT gave the opportunity to both their employees and people from outside to come together and share the experience.
How has the event been useful for you?
The event was useful as I was able to meet with EUMETSAT’s staff, people I’ve worked with for many years but who I do not see in a long time, or sometimes at all! I also met with others who I’ve not talked to before, and we had some great new ideas that I hope we’ll be able to work on in the future.
How will you use the new data coming from the new meteosat satellite?
I will be able to use the new MSG-4 data to continue my work on protecting airplanes from bad weather. MSG-4 should be around for a long time in the future and so will be perfect for providing accurate and reliable data to pilots and also to airlines. Another benefit of MSG-4 is that it means we now have 4 MSG satellites all in slightly different places. There varied views of the Earth can provide us with both a wider picture and also new opportunities to gain better data on things like the severity of thunderstorms.