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Mon, 14 Apr 2014
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SCISYS plays a key role in shaping the future of the Meteosat Third Generation programme.

SCISYS recently secured a contract with GMV Aerospace and Defence to deliver the Mission Operations Facility for EUMETSAT's upcoming geostationary weather satellite, Meteosat Third Generation (MTG).

This contract represents a tremendous success for SCISYS as it confirms once again the significant role SCISYS performs at the forefront of developing key European earth observation technology. Furthermore, starting twenty years ago SCISYS has contributed to all current and future Meteosat missions and therefore continues its long partnership with EUMETSAT.

Dr. Horst Wulf, Divisional Director Space of SCISYS said:
"We have been working hard to get into the MTG ground segment business with EUMETSAT. This contract ensures SCISYS has a foothold in the MTG ground segment and is supporting core EUMETSAT business for many years to come. It continues the close cooperation between our companies, which is based on a mutual, sound and technical approach that has been developed over decades."

The components of the Mission Operations Facility that will be developed by SCISYS will provide an integrated mission planning and automation system together with associated Operations Preparation and Archiving functions. Two operationally proven applications developed by SCISYS will be combined to provide a highly integrated operations workflow from mission planning to spacecraft control. As well as ground-based automation, the system will provide cohesive management of operations delegated to the spacecraft's on-board schedule. The compact monitoring and control data archive will support fast retrieval and provide users with modern web-based displays.

About MTG
The Meteosat Third Generation series will comprise six satellites, with the first spacecraft likely to be ready for launch from 2018. The in orbit configuration will consist of two parallel positioned satellites, the MTG-I imager (a 3-tonne satellite with 16 nominal channels) and the MTG-S sounder. The sounder will be one of the key innovations in the new programme, allowing Meteosat satellites, for the first time, to not just image weather systems but to analyse the atmosphere layer-by-layer and perform far more detailed chemical composition studies.

Christoph Wichmann
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