Sentinel-2A joins Europe’s earth observation network

Sentinel-2A joins Europe’s earth observation network

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France: The ESA-developed Sentinel satellite – Sentinel-2A– was launched today, adding a high-resolution optical imaging capability to the European Union Copernicus environmental monitoring system. The 1.1 tonne satellite was carried on a Vega rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. “Sentinel-2 is the second satellite of a constellation of 20 satellites which will scrutinise planet Earth and will vastly improve the ability of Copernicus to provide European citizens with the most comprehensive data for environmental and security applications available anywhere in the world,” stated Jean-Jacques Dordain, Director General, ESA.

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Source: ESA