February 18, 2016

Finns developing EUR 1.3 billion weather satellite programme

Space Systems Finland is developing software for the satellites of a decades-long European meteorological satellite programme, which collect data for weather forecasts.
Space Systems Finland is developing software for the satellites of a decades-long European meteorological satellite programme, which collects data for weather forecasts.
European Space Agency

Software and system development company Space Systems Finland (SSF) is involved in the follow-up project of the European Meteorological Satellite Programme headed by the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites, the European Space Agency and the European Commission.

The project, valued at a total of 1.3 billion euros, consists of a series of six satellites which will be launched in pairs and replaced by new ones at seven-year intervals. SSF will develop software for the satellites.

The MetOp Second Generation (MetOp SG) is a follow-up programme to the MetOp First Generation meteorological programme. SSF also developed software for the first generation programme.

The first satellite under the Met Op-SG programme will be launched in 2021, and SSF is participating in the development of three of the altogether seven on-board satellite instruments. SSF will manufacture control software for the measurement devices. It will also provide data testing and calibration software for an instrument used in ground processing, which measures air quality, ozone and climate changes.

The satellites for the Met Op-SG programme will be built by Airbus Defence and Space.

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