Europe’s latest geostationary weather satellite – MSG-4, which was launched on July 15 has already delivered its first image: a stunning view of planet Earth thereby showcasing its capabilities and what it can achieve in 6 months time when it is commissioned.
The Spinning Enhanced Visible and Infrared Imager (SEVIRI) instrument onboard the MSG-4 captured its first image of Earth demonstrating that it is performing well and on its way to becoming fully operational when needed after six months of commissioning.
EUMETSAT revealed that post its launch the satellite’s initial operations were the responsibility of the ESA and it was handed over to the intergovernmental organisation on July 26.
The image shows Britain covered by a massive cloud, and a cyclone centred on the North West of Scotland
ESA says that once fully operational, the MSG-4 satellite will take images of Earth in 12 wavelengths every 15 minutes making forecasts far more accurate. Further, the satellite’s infrared and visible light imagers will be keeping tabs on cloud development far more accurately than previous weather satellites – and thus ‘predict’ weather far more accurately.