France: Astrium has completed the radar instrument for the Sentinel-1A environmental satellite and will deliver it to Thales Alenia Space (TAS) in Rome for installation on the satellite.
“We want the instruments for the Sentinel-1 satellites to be another chapter in our space radar success story,” says Eckard Settelmeyer, Director in Germany of Earth Observation, Navigation and Science at Astrium. “As well as bearing overall industrial responsibility for the European ERS-1/ERS-2 and Envisat satellites, Astrium has also developed and built the AMI (ERS), ASAR (Envisat) and ASCAT (MetOp) radar payloads. On top of this, Astrium has overall responsibility for the German TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X radar satellite projects, as well as the planned phased array satellites of the SARah program – all in all, a long and successful line of technologies and products.”
Sentinel-1A, led by TAS as prime contractor, is the first in a series of sentinel satellites for the European Copernicus programme, a joint venture of the European Commission, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Environmental Agency (EEA). Copernicus will create a sustainable European satellite network to collect and evaluate environmental data and for civil safety and humanitarian needs.