ESA’s flagship magazine informs the space-interested public of the Agency’s activities. In addition to a wide range of articles, every issue provides an overview of the status of ESA’s major space projects.
The launch of MetOp will mark the start of a new era in European satellite meteorology. MetOp-A is Europe’s first polar-orbiting satellite dedicated to operational meteorology. It will provide data of unprecedented accuracy and resolution on temperature and humidity, wind speed and direction over the ocean, and ozone and other trace gases, making a huge contribution to global weather forecasting and climate monitoring. MetOp-A will also observe land and ocean surfaces and its search-and-rescue service will help ships and aircraft in distress.
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
The MetOp Satellite – Weather Information from Polar Orbit; Peter G. Edwards et al.
The Eumetsat Polar System – A Major Step for Operational Meteorology; Marc Cohen et al.
Preparing MetOp for Work – Launch, Early Operations and Commissioning; François Spoto et al.
Columbus Begins its Voyage of Discovery; Alan Thirkettle & Bernardo Patti
From Earth to Venus – Reaching our Sister Planet; Fabrizio Felici et al.
Vega on the Move – Heading Towards Qualification; Andrea Accomazzo et al.
ConeXpress Orbital Life Extension Vehicle – A Commercial Service for Communications Satellites; Doug Caswell et al.
The Triumph of GIOVE-A – The First Galileo Satellite; Javier Benedicto et al.