Lift off! The launch of Europe’s new weather satellite
Europe’s newest weather satellite launched from the Spaceport in French Guiana on December 13th 2022. The Meteosat Third Generation-Imager 1 satellite, or MTG-I1, will deliver advanced imagery of our atmosphere and planet, and provide vital information to weather forecasters and climate scientists.
In this month’s episode, we are looking to space and what the future holds for satellite meteorology. Podcast host and Met Éireann Research Meteorologist Dr. Noel Fitzpatrick reports from the launch event for MTG-I1 at the European Space Agency in the Netherlands, and speaks with some of the scientists and engineers involved in this mission. We then follow along as they count down to lift off.
Noel is first joined by Pierre Kokou, instrument engineer with the European Space Agency, to hear about the process of developing the satellite and getting it to the launch pad. He then speaks with Dr. Lothar Schüller, a network manager with EUMETSAT, on the scientific mission of the satellite and what it will mean for scientists, forecasters and society.
You can listen to the full podcast on our Podcast page, on the player below or search The Met Éireann Podcast wherever you get your podcasts. Find out more about the MTG-I1 in our recent article at the time of the launch.