METOP-SG-A [Airbus DS]
METOP-SG (Meteorological Operational - Second Generation) is Europe's second generation polar-orbiting operational meteorological satellite system to replace the first generation METOP satellites.
In October 2014, Airbus Defense and Space was selected to build these satellites. The Satellite A-series will be developed and built under the industrial lead of Airbus Defence and Space in Toulouse.
The METOP-SG Series consists of two subseries with three units in each series with different instrument suites: METOP-SG-A and METOP-SG-B. The Satellite A-series focuses on optical instruments and atmospheric sounders, while the Satellite B-series focuses on microwave instruments. Both types will be based on Airbus Defense and Space’s Astrobus high-power satellite platforms.
The METOP-SG-A series carries following instruments:
|Type / Application:||Meteorology|
|Contractors:||Airbus Defense and Space|
|Power:||Deployable solar array, batteries|
|Mass:||~ 4000 kg|