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N° 57–2002: The first of the second generation of Meteosat satellites ready for lift-off - Follow the launch from ESA and Arianespace estab

21 August 2002

About 25 years after the first Meteosat weather satellite was lofted, the first of a new generation (MSG-1) is to be launched by an Ariane 5 launcher from Europe's Space Port in Kourou during the night of 27/28 August, at 19:30 hrs Kourou time (00:30 CEST).

With sophisticated new instruments on board, MSG-1 will change the way we observe the weather. The European Space Agency (ESA) is the development and co-financing agency for this first satellite in the MSG series and will procure the recurrent satellites on behalf of EUMETSAT. The MSG-1 satellite was built by Alcatel Space for EUMETSAT, under ESA project management.

Media representatives in Europe can follow the video transmission of the launch at a joint ESA/EUMETSAT event at ESA/Darmstadt (ESOC) in Germany, which will be acting as the main European press centre, ESA/Noordwijk (ESTEC) in the Netherlands, ESA/Frascati (ESRIN) in Italy, and also at the Arianespace site at Evry in France.

Media representatives wishing to attend are requested to complete the attached reply form and fax it to the Communication Office at the establishment of their choice.

The ESA TV Service will provide highlights of the launch via satellite feeds. Details of the transmission schedule for the various launch highlights can be found on http://television.esa.int

The launch can be followed live on the internet at http://www.esa.int/meteosat2g.

MSG LAUNCH ACCREDITATION FORM- Launch on 27/28 August 2002

First name: _______________ Surname : _________________________

First name: _______________ Surname : _________________________

Media : ____________________________________________________

Address : __________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________

Tel : _________________________ Fax : _________________________

Mobile : ______________________ e-mail : _______________________

I will be attending the MSG-1 launch event at the following site:

[ ] Germany:

Location: ESA/ESOC - Joint event with EUMETSAT

Address: Robert-Bosch Strasse 5, Darmstadt, Germany

Opening hours: 22:00 - 02:00

Contact point: Jocelyne Landeau-Constantin

Tel: + 49 6151 90 2696/2459

Fax: + 49 6151 90 2961

Info line: +49 - 6151 - 90 26 09

[ ] The Netherlands:

Location : Space Expo for ESA/ESTEC

Address: Keplerlaan 3, Noordwijk, The Netherlands

Opening hours: 22:30 - 02:00 hrs

Contact point: Heidi Graf

Tel:+31 71 565 3006 during office hours

Tel: +31 71 36 46 446 during launch night (Space Expo)

Fax: +31 71 565 5728

Info line: +33. 71 565 8016

[ ] Italy:

Location: ESA/ESRIN

Address: Via G. Galilei, Frascati (Rome), Italy

Opening hours: 23:30 - 01:00 hrs

Contact point: Simonetta Cheli

Tel. +39 06 94180350

Fax +39 06 94180352

[ ] Spain:

Location : ESA/VILSPA Satellite Station

Address : Villafranca del Castillo, Madrid

Opening hours : 23:20 - 01:00 hrs

Contact point : Valeriano Claros

Tel: +34.91.813.1111

Fax: +34.91.813.1212

[ ] France:

Location: Arianespace

Address: Boulevard de l'Europe, 91006 Evry

Opening hours : 23:45 to launch plus one hour

Contact point : Odile Laborie

Tel:+33.(0)1.60.87.60.13

Mobile: +33.(0)6.75.09.71.65

Fax:+33.(0)1.60.87.63.04

Email: o.laborie@arianespace.fr

Please complete the form and fax it to the site of your choice.

For further information:

ESA Media Relations Service
Tel: +33(0)1.53.69.7155
Fax: +33(0)1.53.69.7690



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