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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – MISSION SUMMARY - Metop-B -
Full Name Meteorological Operational Polar Satellite - B
aka Metop-1
Status Currently being flown
Mission Agencies EUMETSAT, CNES, ESA, NOAA Launch Date 17 Sep 2012
Mission Links mission site | data access portal EOL Date Sep 2024
EO Portal Info NORAD Catalog # 38771 (TLE)
International Designator 2012-049A
Orbit Type Sun-synchronous Orbit Period 101.4 minutes
Orbit Sense Descending Orbit Inclination 98.7 deg
Orbit Altitude 824 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST 9:30 Repeat Cycle 29 days
Objectives and Applications Meteorology, climatology. Due to a hardware problem on the Metop-B satellite, the A-DCS3 instrument is only supporting an ARGOS-2 service.
Mission Measurements
CategoryParameterInstrument(s)
AtmosphereAerosols AVHRR/3, GOME-2
Atmospheric Humidity Fields AMSU-A, GOME-2, GRAS, HIRS/4, IASI, MHS
Cloud type, amount and cloud top temperature AMSU-A, AVHRR/3, GOME-2, HIRS/4, IASI, MHS
Cloud particle properties and profile AMSU-A, MHS
Liquid water and precipitation rate AMSU-A, AVHRR/3, MHS
Ozone GOME-2, HIRS/4, IASI
Radiation budget AMSU-A, AVHRR/3, GOME-2, HIRS/4, IASI
Trace gases (excluding ozone) HIRS/4, IASI
Atmospheric Temperature Fields AMSU-A, GRAS, HIRS/4, IASI
Gravity and Magnetic FieldsGravity, Magnetic and Geodynamic measurements SEM (POES)
LandAlbedo and reflectance AVHRR/3
Soil moisture AMSU-A, ASCAT
Vegetation AVHRR/3
Surface temperature (land) AMSU-A, AVHRR/3, HIRS/4, IASI
Multi-purpose imagery (land) AVHRR/3
OceanOcean surface winds AMSU-A, ASCAT
Surface temperature (ocean) AVHRR/3, HIRS/4, IASI
Multi-purpose imagery (ocean) AVHRR/3
Snow & IceSnow cover, edge and depth AMSU-A, AVHRR/3
Sea ice cover, edge and thickness AMSU-A, ASCAT, AVHRR/3
Mission Instruments
A-DCS3 - A-DCS3
AMSU-A - Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit-A
ASCAT - Advanced Scatterometer
AVHRR/3 - Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer/3
GOME-2 - Global Ozone Monitoring Experiment - 2
GRAS - GNSS Receiver for Atmospheric Sounding
HIRS/4 - High Resolution Infra-red Sounder/4
IASI - Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer
MHS - Microwave Humidity Sounder
S&R (NOAA) - Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking
SEM (POES) - Space Environment Monitor
OpenSearch Datasets Selected IDN OpenSearch Results (search all 50 )
CARVE Modeled Gross Ecosystem CO2 Exchange and Respiration, Alaska, 2012-2014
Constellation/MWS Constellation Level 1C Inter-calibrated Brightness Temperature product
GHRSST L3C global sub-skin Sea Surface Temperature from the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer ...
GHRSST L3C global sub-skin Sea Surface Temperature from the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer ...
GHRSST Level 2P Global 1m Sea Surface Temperature from the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer ...
GHRSST Level 2P Global 1m Sea Surface Temperature from the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer ...
GHRSST Level 2P Global skin Sea Surface Temperature from the Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interfero ...
GHRSST Level 2P Global skin Sea Surface Temperature from the Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interfero ...
GHRSST Level 2P sub-skin Sea Surface Temperature from the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer ( ...
GHRSST Level 2P sub-skin Sea Surface Temperature from the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer ( ...

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