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Gearing up for a new era in Earth observation

21 January 2014

Aiming for launch at the end of March, the first satellite built specifically for Europe's ambitious Copernicus environmental monitoring programme is now in the last stages of testing before being shipped to French Guiana for liftoff.

Rising to the challenges of global change and the need to manage the environment more effectively, Copernicus offers a set of key information services for a multitude of environmental and civil security applications.

The provision of timely and accurate data is central to this innovative global monitoring programme so ESA is developing six families of Sentinel satellite missions. Each carries state-of-the-art technologies to supply a stream of complementary imagery and data tailored to the needs of Copernicus.

The data from the Sentinels are open to users worldwide and free of charge.

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