France: A contract worth around 285 million Euros has been signed between ESA and Airbus Defence and Space. The deal signed between the two, is aimed at delivering two optical satellites for the European Copernicus program. Airbus Defence and Space, who is the prime contractor, will lead an industrial consortium of more than 50 companies from 17 European countries and the United States.
Known as Sentinel 2C and Sentinel 2D, the two satellites will observe the environment and land surfaces and continue from 2021 with the measurements carried out by the first two flight units as part of the European Copernicus program. Both of these models are part of the Sentinel 2 Earth Observation (EO) satellite system.
The Sentinel 2 satellites deliver optical images from a height of 786 km with a resolution of 10, 20 and 60 meters at an image width of 290 km. These images are produced in 13 spectral bands, from the visible to the shortwave infrared range of the electromagnetic spectrum. For Sentinel-2, Airbus Defence and Space in Friedrichshafen, Germany is responsible for the system design, the platform and satellite integration and testing.
Airbus Defence and Space in Toulouse, France is delivering the Multispectral Instrument (MSI), while Airbus Defence and Space in Madrid, Spain is responsible for the mechanical satellite structure for producing the thermal equipment and cable loom, and for the delivery of power, energy management and high-speed data acquisition units.