Anyone have any more satellite thoughts to add before we finally get down to business?
Serco has been awarded a new contract by the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological
satellites (EUMETSAT) to continue managing operations for the Meteosat series of geostationary meteorological
Serco’s team of specialists will be responsible for around-the-clock monitoring and control of the four Meteosat
meteorological satellites in orbit, operating the mission control centre, ground stations and antennas, and
managing the transmission of data between the satellites, mission control centre and EUMETSAT’s clients.
The Meteosat meteorological satellites monitor the globe’s atmosphere, ocean and land surfaces 24 hours a day,
365 days a year, supplying data to the national meteorological services of the organisation's Member and
Cooperating States in Europe, as well as other users worldwide.
The services the satellites provide play a crucial role in protecting public safety, by helping meteorologists to
identify and monitor potentially dangerous weather situations and issue timely forecasts and warnings to
emergency services and local authorities.
Serco and its subcontractor Telespazio VEGA Deutschland have been trusted to manage operations for
EUMETSAT’s Meteosat missions since 1995, ensuring a robust and reliable service for EUMETSAT’s clients
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