First Copernicus satellite starts operating

First Copernicus satellite starts operating


Marking the beginning of its operational life, Sentinel-1A was formally transferred from Project Manager Ramón Torres (left) to the Mission Manager Pierre Potin (right) on 25 September 2014 in the presence of ESA’s Director of Earth Observation Programmes, Volker Liebig (centre)Germany, October 6, 2014: ESA recently handed over the charge of Sentinel-1A from its project management to mission management team. This marks the beginning of the satellite’s operational life, delivering radar coverage for an array of applications in the areas of oceans, ice, changing land and emergency response. Project Manager Ramón Torres, who led the development team, formally handed over the satellite to the Mission Manager, Pierre Potin.

Launched on 3 April, Sentinel-1A completed commissioning on 23 September. The satellite will now begin delivering radar scans for an array of operational services and scientific research. The satellite will continue to be monitored, operated and controlled from ESA’s Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany.

The Sentinels are a new fleet of ESA satellite poised to deliver the wealth of data and imagery that are central to Europe’s Copernicus programme. Sentinel-1 is the first in the series and carries advanced radar to provide an all-weather, day-and-night supply of imagery of Earth’s surface.

Source: ESA