Europe launches Meteosat spacecraft
The latest spacecraft in Europe's long-running Meteosat series has just gone into orbit on an Ariane rocket.
It is now being manoeuvred into a position some 36,000km above the Earth from where it can keep a constant watch on developing weather systems.
Alain Ratier is the director-general of Eumetsat, the intergovernmental organisation charged with operating Europe's weather platforms. He described the purpose of the Meteosats to our correspondent Jonathan Amos.
- From the section Science & Environment