The MSG Team
Meteosat Second Generation is a joint project between ESA and the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), based in Darmstadt, Germany.
ESA developed and procured the first two satellites, MSG-1 and MSG-2, and is procuring MSG-3 and MSG-4 on behalf of EUMETSAT, which developed the ground segment. EUMETSAT is also procuring the launchers, establishing user needs, and running the MSG system.
EUMETSAT contributed one third of the cost of MSG-1 satellite and is paying for MSG-2, MSG-3 and MSG-4 in full. ESA contributed the remaining two thirds of the cost of MSG-1 through an optional programme in which 13 of the Agency’s member states participate.
ESA placed a contract with Alcatel Space Industries, France to build the first three satellites. More than 50 subcontractors from 13 European countries are involved. In addition the Geostationary Earth Radiation Budget (GERB) experiment is provided by a consortium led by the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford, supported by the UK National Environmental Research Centre (NERC).
MSG development and procurement at ESA is managed by the MSG project team at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) at Noordwijk in the Netherlands.
Launch and Early Operations Phase (LEOP) operations, whereby the MSG-2 spacecraft is transferred from a 'parking' orbit attained by the launcher and placed in its final geostationary orbit, are carried out by ESA's European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, under a EUMETSAT contract. ESA's MSG Project Team also supports EUMETSAT during the commissioning phase by contributing spacecraft expertise.
Last update: 3 May 2006