Airbus Defence and Space is the prime contractor of the MetOp (Meteorological Operational Polar) weather satellite programme, a collaboration between EUMETSAT, ESA, CNES and NOAA. Airbus Defence and Space also built the SEVIRI instrument flying on board the 8 Meteosat satellites.
Understanding and predicting the weather is a key factor in understanding our environment. Delivering long term accurate weather forecasting takes a unique satellite programme. Identical datasets must be available over long timescales which leads to mission requirements of identical satellites launched in sequence. Accurate Numerical Weather Models are needed to help predict our changing climate. Data form other satellite also feed in to advance climate models.
Space has become an undisputed diagnostic tool for detecting climatic and environmental changes on a planetary scale. European Space Agency, European Commission and Eumetsat are the key actors for climate monitoring from space in Europe. Airbus Defence and Space has a long history of Earth observation & climate monitoring missions. 27 Airbus built satellites already launched have direct or indirect applications for climate change monitoring, with more than 200 years accumulated in orbit experience. There are a further 18 satellites in development. More information: http://bit.ly/1eMW5SY