Update #2: Please see updated EUMETSAT foreseen timeline below for Metop-A which now includes Search and Rescue (SARSAT) in row 5.
Update #1: Please see updated EUMETSAT foreseen timeline below for Metop-A.
Topic: Metop-A end of life
Date/Time Issued: July 26, 2021 1027 UTC
Product(s) or Data Impacted: All Metop-A Products
Date/Time of Initial Impact: September 6, 2021 at 00 UTC
Date/Time of Expected End: N/A
Length of Outage: N/A
Details/Specifics of Change:
Metop-A satellite launched on 19 October 2006 and is operating well beyond its design lifetime of five years. NOAA has been notified that due to thermal constraints and ensuring spacecraft and orbit environment safety, EUMETSAT intends to decommission the satellite and begin de-orbiting Metop-A starting in September 2021. This decommission/de-orbit effort will be in full compliance with internationally agreed upon space debris mitigation guidance, and will ensure safe decommissioning while the spacecraft is in a power positive state and is thermally stable.
The EUMETSAT foreseen timeline is as follows:
*After this date Search and Rescue (SARSAT) will be in a test configuration on the redundant side until it is switched off on November 15. Therefore from November 11-15, 2021 the instrument will generate non-nominal data (that is not to be used by the users).
Note: All dates are tentative planned dates and will be confirmed in the near term.
Contact Information for Further Information: ESPC Operations at ESPCOperations@noaa.gov and 301-817-3880 or SPSD.Userservices@noaa.gov
Web Site(s) for applicable information: https://www.eumetsat.int/plans-metop-end-life
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