Airbus is prime contractor of the MetOp weather satellite programme.
In order to maintain its stable position, Meteosat spins at 100 rpm around its main axis.
Meteosat-1 was launched into space on 23 November 1977 and sent this first image on 9 December 1977.
The MetOps in orbit (artist’s vision)
The MetOp-C satellite platform was successfully coupled to the payload in Airbus clean room in Toulouse
MetOP SG Animation