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Sentinel-3A

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Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

Mapping Global Sea-Level Variations with Sentinel-3A

Presented this week at ESA’s Living Planet Symposium in the Czech Republic, this new map shows a month of ‘sea-level anomaly’ measurements from Sentinel-3A. The satellite has only been in orbit since 16 February 2016 and is therefore still being commissioned for service. Nevertheless, measurements made by its radar altimeter between 3 March and 2

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Sentinel-3A Feels the Heat

Despite only being in orbit a matter of weeks, Sentinel-3A has already delivered some impressive first images. With the thermal-infrared channels now turned on, the satellite completes its set of firsts with a view of ocean features off the coast of Namibia. Arguably the most comprehensive of all the Copernicus Sentinel missions, Sentinel-3A carries a

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Sentinel-3A Continues to Impress

The three instruments on the Sentinel-3A satellite are now offering a tantalising glimpse of what’s in store for Europe’s Copernicus environmental monitoring effort. The latest images, which feature Europe and Antarctica, come from the sensor that records Earth’s radiant energy. Launched just three weeks ago, Sentinel-3A carries a suite of cutting-edge instruments to provide systematic

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

First Views of Earth From Sentinel-3A

Just two weeks after launch, the latest Sentinel satellite has offered a taster of what it will provide for the EU’s Copernicus programme. Sentinel-3A’s very first image, captured at 14:09 GMT on 29 February, shows the transition from day to night over Svalbard, Norway. As well as showing the snow-covered archipelago, the image also details

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Sentinel-3a Successfully Launches for Ocean and Land Monitoring Mission

The third ESA-developed satellite carrying four Earth-observing instruments was launched today, ready to provide a ‘bigger picture’ for Europe’s Copernicus environment programme. The 1150 kg Sentinel-3A satellite was carried into orbit on a Rockot launcher from Plesetsk, Russia, at 17:57 GMT (18:57 CET; 20:57 local time) on 16 February. After a first burn starting about

Friday, January 15th, 2016

Rise and Shine for Sentinel-3A

Following the Christmas break, the Sentinel-3A satellite has been taken out of its storage container and woken up as the campaign to prepare it for launch resumes at the Russian Plesetsk cosmodrome. Liftoff is set for 4 February.

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Sentinel-3A on its Way

November 23, 2015 —The latest satellite for the European Commission’s Copernicus environmental programme has left France bound for the Plesetsk launch site in Russia and launch late next month.

Friday, November 6th, 2015

Sentinel-3A Set for Launch

November 6, 2015 — Sentinel-3A’s preparation is finished and the satellite will soon be shipped to the Russian Cosmodrome of Plesetsk, in Northern Russia for its launch on top of a Rockot planned end of this year.