Paris—After a year of bickering over the scope of work, the European Space Agency has awarded a team led by Thales Alenia Space a preliminary contract to begin developing the space segment of Europe’s next-generation geostationary weather satellite system. The €1.3 billion ($1.8 billion) authorization to proceed (ATP), issued on behalf of Eumetsat, which will operate the Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) system, covers four imaging satellites and two sounding spacecraft. MTG will ensure ...


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