MetOp-2/A, All Instruments, Payload Switch Off Anomaly, 17 Sepember 2007 - Issued: 17 September 2007; 1930 UTC

Payload Switch Off Anomaly on METOP-2/A

Date/Time(UTC) Message Issued:
17 September 2007, 1930 UTC

Satellite(s) Involved:

Instrument(s) Involved:
All instruments

Product(s) Involved/Affected:
All Products/No Data

Date/Time(UTC) of Initial Implementation:
17 September 2007, Time 0605 UTC

Details/Specifics of Change:
On 17 September, around 06:05 UTC (02:05 a.m. EST), a payload switch off occurred on METOP-2/A. EUMETSAT sent out notification to NOAA. EUMETSAT investigations into the root cause of the shut down continue. Early indications of the anomaly seem to point to a communications protocol error. The satellite was over the south pole at the time of the event.

At approximately 1400 UTC EUMETSAT started recovery efforts by turning on the thermal control unit in order to maintain an ambient thermal profile for the payload module. NOAA engineers are watching the thermal profile of the NOAA instruments. EUMETSAT indicated that further payload activation will occur tomorrow, 18 September.

For NOAA data users, NOAA-17 continues to provide the morning orbit data.
Contact Person(s) Name/Email/Phone Number for Questions:

Emily Harrod 301-817-3882 IPD operations support
Renee Smith-Dearing 301-817-4117 SOCC operations support

Web site(s) that contain other relevant information (where applicable): - History of level 1B notices - All user notices - SOCC polar satellite status - SOCC geostationary satellite status - SOCC morning reports

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