Doubling radar vision of Earth

17 July 2014

Following a contract signed with Arianespace today, the second Sentinel-1 satellite is now set to join its identical twin sister in orbit in early 2016, optimising the mission's global coverage to manage the environment and improve everyday lives.

Launched in April this year, Sentinel-1A is the first satellite designed specifically for Europe's Copernicus programme. This joint ESA-EU programme is the largest environmental monitoring effort in the world.

Although it is still being calibrated and not yet quite in its operational orbit, the state-of-the-art radar satellite has already been used to help respond to a number of disastrous floods.

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