EUMETSAT Council prepares the approval of the EPS-SG programme and extends the Jason-2 ocean altimetry programme
The 79th meeting of the EUMETSAT Council took place in Darmstadt, Germany, on 26 November(PresseBox) (Darmstadt, )
The approval of the EPS-SG programme is planned at the end of 2014 based on a full programme proposal to be submitted to the Council in June 2014.
The Council also gave the green light to extend the optional Jason-2 programme, also involving the French Space Agency (CNES) and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), for a further period of operations from mid-2015 to the end of 2017. Jason-2 provides high-precision measurements of sea surface topography for operational oceanography and monitoring of mean sea level. The programme extension also includes continuing EUMETSAT's support for the SARAL (Satellite with ARgos and ALtika) ocean altimetry mission over the same time period.
SARAL is a joint mission of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and CNES, to which EUMETSAT contributes by hosting and operating the European near real-time processing centre. Ocean altimetry data from SARAL complements Jason-2 data as SARAL follows a different orbit and the combination of data from two altimeter missions improves the accuracy of sea surface height measurements.
EUMETSAT's Council also approved the continuation of the highly successful cooperation agreement with ISRO, which includes the bilateral exchange of data and products from both organisations' meteorological and ocean-monitoring satellites.