Launch of Sentinel-2A tonight


The first satellite in the two-satellite-mission, Sentinel-2A, is going to be launched this night. The launch from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on 23 June is set for 01:52 GMT (03:52 CEST). A Vega launcher is going to take the satellite into space.

For everybody who is interested in the lunach:

ESA is going to broadcast the event in a webstream that will begin at 01:00 GMT (03:00 CEST) and end at 04:00 GMT (06:00 CEST). A number of the key players in the mission will present on preparing the satellite for launch and discuss its benefits and applications.

The Sentinel-2 mission is part of the Copernicus, a program for terrestrial observations in support of services such as forest monitoring, land cover changes detection, and natural disaster management.

The Sentinel-2 mission consists of optical satellites (Sentinel-2A and Sentinel-2B). The satellites will have a spatial resolution of 10, 20 and 60m, depending on the bands and the field of view, the swath of view will be up to 290km covering the earth from 56°S up to 84°N and will revisit the equator every 5 days under the same conditions. ESA is following an open data policy.


Stefan Mühlbauer
I ever since was passionate about topography and started my professional life on a local scale by doing landscape design. With the European Master in Geospatial Technologies I continue on a larger scale and find myself highly comfortable with this complete outsight on what surrounds us here and there. My special attention goes to the topic of remote sensing, which enables to find answers to a series of problems of environment and planning. For me, the geo-world holds a high potential to learn and create life. An awesome 'g'!