Topic:  Planned Transition of Meteosat-8 to Meteosat-9 to Support Indian Ocean Data Collection (IODC) Mission


Date/Time Issued:  February 8, 2022  1845 UTC


Product or Data Impacted:  Meteosat-8 Data


Date/Time of Initial Impact:  April 25, 2022


Date/Time of Expected End:  June 30, 2022


Length of Event:  67 days 


Details/Specifics of Change:  EUMETSAT plans to replace Meteosat-8 with Meteosat-9 as the prime geostationary satellite to support the IODC service.  Meteosat-9 will become the official IODC satellite starting June 1, 2022 at the new location of 45.5E.  Following is the schedule from EUMETSAT to facilitate users' transition from Meteosat-8 to Meteosat-9 IODC operations (parallel data flow will be provided):

  • From April 25, 2022, to May 31, 2022 -- Meteosat-9 will provide parallel IODC service while Meteosat-8 continues to provide the prime IODC service.
  • From June 1, 2022, to June 30, 2022 -- Meteosat-8 will provide parallel IODC service while Meteosat-9 provides the prime IODC service.
  • From July 1, 2022 -- Meteosat-8 will stop providing the parallel IODC service.  On this same date, the Data Collection Service will be activated on Meteosat-9.

Further scheduling details will be provided as they become available.

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