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METEOSAT 10 (MSG 3)

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    METEOSAT 10 (MSG 3) can be found in the following categories:
    Weather
    Geostationary

    NORAD ID: 38552
    Int'l Code: 2012-035B
    Perigee: 35,783.7 km
    Apogee: 35,797.2 km
    Inclination: 0.5 °
    Period: 1,435.9 minutes
    Semi major axis: 42161 km
    Launch date: July 5, 2012
    Source: European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUME)
    Comments: Manufactured by Thales Alenia Space for Eumetsat, Europe's weather satellite agency, the METEOSAT 10 (MSG 3) satellite is the third of four current-generation Meteosat observatories planned to launch through 2015. MSG 3 will collect highly-detailed imagery of Europe, the North Atlantic, and Africa every 15 minutes for use by weather forecasters. The 4,486-pound (2,035-kg) satellite will operate for at least 7 years, and it will be renamed Meteosat 10 when it enters service. It will replace Meteosat 8, which launched in 2002 and has surpassed its design life, according to Sergio Rota, head of geostationary satellite programs at Eumetsat. Rota said Meteosat 10 will enter service at the beginning of 2013, assuming responsibility for full-disk imaging of Earth in a zone stretching from the North Pole to the South Pole and from Chile to India. Meteosat 9ólaunched in 2005ówill take over rapid-scan services, collecting data every 5 minutes in a specific region over Europe.

    Two Line Element Set (TLE):

    1 38552U 12035B   14302.12498866 -.00000002  00000-0  00000+0 0  1183
    2 38552 000.4886 164.7874 0001597 096.6375 181.7517 01.00283427  8618
    
    
    Source: AFSPC

    NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog entry for METEOSAT 10 (MSG 3)

     
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