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Metop A


Designation 29499 / 06044A
Launch date 19 Oct 2006
Country of origin Europe
Mission Meteorology
Perigee/Apogee 817 km, sun-synchronous, 9h30 descending node
Inclination 98.7°
Period (5 days repeat)
Launch vehicle Soyuz 2 #2

The LRPT side A transponder failed during testing in November 2006.

Several spurious shutdown of the payload occured (Nov 2006, Apr 2007). Declared operational in May 2007.

On 4 Jul 2007 the primary AHRPT failed. This device provides the 3.5 Mbps high-resolution downlink. Experienced several glitches which lead to payload shutdown (Sep 2007, Mar 2008). It was restored in early 2009 but over a limited area (Atlantic or Europe). The problem is apparently linked to the radiation environment.

End of life

Out of service Dec 2021
Cause Retired

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