Published: Fri, March 10, 2017
Science | By Kerry Wheeler

EU Successfully Launches 5th Satellite of Copernicus Observation Program

EU Successfully Launches 5th Satellite of Copernicus Observation Program

Arianespace has launched its new Sentinel-2B earth observation satellite into space from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana, on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA). And we are planning to add two more satellites to the constellation in the next months: "with Sentinel-5P and Sentinel-3B".

Now, the globe's image will take only five days.

The 2,225-lb. satellite was carried into orbit on a Vega rocket. Although launched separately, the satellites are placed in the same orbit, flying 180 degrees apart.

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Data to be provided by the mission will also be used to help improve agricultural practices, monitor the world's forests, detect pollution in lakes and coastal waters, and contribute to disaster mapping.

Sentinel-2 is also capable of using the European Data Relay System (EDRS). Satellite was built with utilization of AstroBus in L variant with planned 7 year orbital life, mass of 1130 kg and operating from 786 km SSO orbit.

Copernicus (earlier GMES) is a global environment monitoring system aimed at achieving a global, continuous, autonomous, high quality, wide range Earth observation capacity. EDRS-A, the first dedicated relay satellite for the SpaceDataHighway program was launched on January 30, 2016. Its development has involved more than 40 companies from 20 different countries, led by Airbus in Germany for the satellites and Airbus in France for the multispectral instruments, while Airbus in Spain is responsible for the mechanical satellite structure.

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