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Europe launches a new weather satellite today: live live!



The European launch provider Arianespace launches today (November 6) a new weather satellite, you can see live online!

At 19:47 EST (0047 GMT on November 7), the MetOp-C will launch an Arianespace version of the Russian Soyuz rocket from the Guyana Space Center in French Guiana. A live webcast of the launch will start 20 minutes before launch, and you can watch it live on Space.com, courtesy of Arianespace.

About an hour after the launch, MetOp-C will disengage from the upper stage of the rocket and enter a polar orbit a little over 800 kilometers above the earth. There, it will spend the next five years monitoring the Earth's climate and providing vital data for weather forecasts. [Amazing Launch Photos: Europe̵

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The sun-synchronous polar orbit of the satellites not only brings them into constant sunlight (which is suitable for charging solar panels), but also enables "global observation of weather, atmospheric composition, oceans and land surfaces". Arianespace representatives said in a description of the mission.

  Artist's impression of the Metop-C satellite in orbit

Artist's impression of the Metop-C satellite in orbit

Credit: ESA

MetOp-C becomes the third and final satellite in the MetOp Series of weather satellites developed by the European Space Agency and operated by the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT). MetOp-A and MetOp-B started in 2006 and 2012, and these satellites are still in operation.

  An Arianespace Soyuz rocket is at launch, awaiting the installation of the European weather satellite MetOp-C ahead of a planned launch of the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, on November 6, 2018.

To Arianespace Soyuz The rocket sits at its launch awaiting the installation of the European MetOp C weather satellite ahead of a scheduled launch from the Guiana Space Center at Kourou, French Guiana on November 6, 2018.

Credit: Arianespace

Send an e-mail to Hanneke Weitering at hweitering@space.com or follow her @hannekescience . Follow us on Twitter @SpaceTotcom and on Facebook. Original article on Space.com


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