Eumetsat, citing ‘exceptional circumstances,’ switches 2025 launch of MTG-S1 satellite from Ariane 6 to SpaceX

by Peter B. de Selding

UPDATE June 29: This story was updated to include a comment from ESA Director-General Josef Aschbacher.

LA PLATA, Maryland — Europe’s meteorological satellite organization, Eumetsat, has decided to switch the launch of its Meteosat Third Generation-Sounder 1 (MTG-S1) satellite to SpaceX instead of Europe’s new Ariane 6 rocket, with which Eumetsat contracted in March 2021.

The decision by the 30-nation Eumetsat’s ruling Council at its June 26-27 meeting was immediately criticized by the president . . .

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