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11.30.2016

Farewell to Sentinel-2B

At an event held at ESA’s site in the Netherlands – where the satellite has been undergoing testing since June – ESA and Airbus Defence and Space project managers gave journalists an overview of how the satellite was built and tested, and its numerous benefits.

Sentinel-2 combines high-resolution and novel multispectral capabilities to monitor Earth’s changing lands in unprecedented detail and accuracy. Information from this mission is helping to improve agricultural practices.

Sentinel-2 is designed as a two-satellite constellation: Sentinel-2A and -2B. Sentinel-2A was launched on 23 June 2015 and has been providing routine imagery for the EU Copernicus Land Monitoring Service, among others. Once Sentinel-2B is launched and operational, the constellation will offer a global revisit every five days.

Sentinel-2B will be launched in spring 2017 on a Vega rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

Read more about Sentinel-2B at the ESA website.

Sentinel-2B satellite (copyright: ESA–Philippe Sebirot, 2016)