Eumetsat Breaks Ground on New Infrastructure Facility
[Satellite TODAY 10-14-10] The European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (Eumetsat) held a ground-breaking ceremony for a new infrastructure facility in Darmstadt, Germany, the organization announced Oct. 13.
The new 9.5 million euro ($13.16 million) facility is scheduled for completion at the end of 2011. The new building will be used to accommodate technical-operational installations to control Eumetsat’s satellite systems for weather, climate and environment monitoring. The ground floor and underground floor will host mechanical installations required for operation. The roof is designed for the installation of antenna systems for the reception of satellite data.
“(The new facility will add) a further dimension to our organization, not only in terms of infrastructure, but also in terms of Eumetsat’s future activities. A dedicated infrastructure building in effect means that we will be able to accommodate the technical and operational installations necessary to operate and to control Eumetsat’s current and future satellite systems for weather, climate and environmental monitoring,” Eumetsat Director General Lars Prahm said in a statement.