The Sentinel-2A craft will be joined by its twin, Sentinel-2B on March 7
Sentinel-2B will be lifted into orbit by a Vega rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
Completing the pair, Sentinel-2B will cover Earth’s land surfaces, large islands and inland and coastal waters every five days
This will be the fifth Sentinel satellite that goes into space under ESA.
Sentinel-2B is designed for a mission of at least seven years.
The Sentinel-2 mission is a land monitoring constellation of two satellites
First satellite of the mission, Sentinel-2A has been in orbit since June 2015.
The mission provides high resolution optical imagery for the current SPOT and Landsat missions.
Sentinel-2 provides a global coverage of the Earth’s land surface every 10 days with one satellite and 5 days with 2 satellites.
Sentinels are equipped with the state-of-the-art Multispectral Imager instrument.