Topic:  Meteosat Full Earth Scan Outage and Satellite Swap on March 21, 2023


Date/Time Issued:  February 28, 2023 2121 UTC


Product(s) or Data Impacted: Meteosat Full Earth Scan Imagery and Products


Date/Time of Initial Impact: March 21, 2023

Date/Time of Expected End:  March 21, 2023

Length of Outage:  Up to 24 hours

Details/Specifics of Change: On March 1, 2023, EUMETSAT will begin drifting Meteosat-10 toward 0° to replace Meteosat-11. On March 21, 2023, at a time TBD, Meteosat-11 will cease Full Earth Scanning (FES) and begin its drift to 9.5° E where it will take over Rapid Scanning Service (RSS). Meteosat-10 will provide FES after the outage during the swap over. Residual product degradation may persist for a few hours after the completion of the swap. FES imagery and products provided by NOAA will experience the multi-hour outage on March 21, 2023, and will resume using Meteosat-10 FES once the swap is complete. Updates will be sent as exact swap times and outage durations are communicated by EUMETSAT partners. PDA users who have subscriptions to Meteosat-11 products should ensure they also have active subscriptions in place for Meteosat-10 prior to the swap. Users should leave their Meteosat-11 subscriptions in place to serve as a backup should there be an emergency failover in the future. Meteosat-11 will resume RSS on March 28, 2023 at 08:00 UTC as it drifts.

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