While the organisation witnessed the launch of its last Meteosat Second Generation (MSG) weather satellite, MSG-4, (to be called Meteosat 11)on an Ariane 5 ECA in July, it was also planning the launches of its third generation 3-axis stabilised spacecraft. The organisation has booked more launches with Arianespace. The contract comprises two firm launches, for MTG-I1 and MTG-S1, and one option for MTG- I2. Using Ariane 5 ECA launchers from the Guiana Space Center, Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, the launches are scheduled in the 2019-2023 timeframe.
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