Early this morning (23-06-2015) the European Space Agency developed Sentinel-2A satellite was successfully launched.
The satellite adds high-resolution optical imaging capability to the EU’s Copernicus environmental monitoring constellation of satellites. Sentinel-2 will compliment the SAR / Radar data of its sister satellite Sentinel-1A launched in April 2014.
Sentinel-2A is built around a sophisticated multi-spectral Imager (MSI) supporting a wide swath (ground observation area) of 290 km in which observations in 13 spectral bands can be made.
Such data can be used for agriculture, forestry, waters, risk and disaster mapping, biophysical data etc.
SSBV’s general involvement in the Sentinel satellites has been quite extensive and in the case of Sentinel-2, next to supporting on-board computer (TM/TC) and communication testing, SSBV provided the test environment for the development and qualification of the MSI instrument.
For more information about the Copernicus programme, visit the ESA site: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Observing_the_Earth/Copernicus
A previous ESA BLOG entry related to EGSE and ground testing can be found here: http://blogs.esa.int/eolaunches/2015/04/27/switched-on/
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