Thales Alenia Space and OHB-System Sign MTG Contract with ESA

Thales Alenia Space, the Prime Contractor, and its partner OHB-System, today announce the signature of an Authorization To Proceed (ATP) with the European Space Agency (ESA) for the Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) system.

This program, co-financed by the European Space Agency and the European meteorological organization Eumetsat, will guarantee access to space data until 2037.

After a long and tough competition, this contract is the result of a rigorous selection's process made by ESA and Eumetsat.

MTG is a six-satellite system of four imaging satellites carrying imaging and lightning detection mission as well as two sounders satellites providing infrared and ultraviolet capabilities, for both climate and meteorological applications. The launch of the first MTG imaging satellite is currently planned in 2017, marking the beginning of the in-orbit lifetime of the imagery mission, followed by the launch of the first MTG sounding satellite in 2019. The MTG mission will improve significantly the operational services delivered to the European Meteorological services which are the final users.

The sounding satellite will provide unprecedented information on water vapour and temperature profiling. It will also embark the Ultraviolet, Visible and Near-Infrared Sentinel-4 instrument covering Europe and providing atmospheric chemistry and air quality information contributing to the GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) initiative.

In addition to its Prime contracting role, Thales Alenia Space is in charge of the imaging mission, providing the four imaging satellites and their main instrument. OHB-System is in charge of the sounder mission, providing the two sounders satellites while its sister company Kayser-Threde provides the atmospheric sounders instrument. Furthermore, OHB-System will develop the six satellites’ 3-axis stabilized common platform.

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