The launch of MetOp is postponed due to an anomaly which happened in the last 2 seconds before launch. A new launch date will be announced soon.
François Maroquene, Starsem, said “We had to stop the final countdown a few seconds before launch. It is impossible to launch today as we only have one launch opportunity per day. A team will analyse the situation and we will know in two or three hours if it is feasible to launch tomorrow.”
The MetOp series of three satellites will be Europe’s first polar-orbiting missions dedicated to operational meteorology and represents the European commitment to a new venture with the United States.