Second heaviest satellite launched by EUMETSAT (European Organization For The Exploitation Of Meteorological Satellites) into space at 2,000 kg
Meteosat 11 is a government and civil satellite operated by EUMETSAT (European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites) (Multinational) for the purpose of earth observation (Earth Science and Meterology).
Constructed by Thales Alenia Space (France/Italy), it was launched into space on 15 July 2015 using Ariane 5 ECA as the launch vehicle from Guiana Space Center. Meteosat 11 orbits around the Earth as a GEO satellite.
Meteosat 11 has a launch mass of 2,000 kg (dry mass at 1,200 kg) and is expected to have a operational lifetime of 12 years. It navigates with the COSPAR ID 2015-034A and NORAD ID 40732.
Taking 1,436 minutes to orbit the Earth, the satellite's perigee, which is the point of the orbit closest to the Earth's center of mass, is 35,791km while its apogee, which is the point of the orbit farthest from the Earth's center of mass, is 35,795km. The eccentricity of the orbit is 4.74E-05 and it orbits at an inclination of 3 degrees to the equatorial plane of the Earth.