Airbus Defence and Space is the prime contractor of the MetOp (Meteorological Operational Polar) weather satellite programme, a collaboration between EUMETSAT, ESA, CNES and NOAA. Airbus Defence and Space also built the SEVIRI instrument flying on board the 8 Meteosat satellites.
Understanding and predicting the weather is a key factor in understanding our environment. Delivering long term accurate weather forecasting takes a unique satellite programme. Identical datasets must be available over long timescales which leads to mission requirements of identical satellites launched in sequence. Accurate Numerical Weather Models are needed to help predict our changing climate. Data form other satellite also feed in to advance climate models.