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Sentinel-1B spreads its wings

27 April 2016

Following liftoff on 25 April from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana, Sentinel-1B has opened its large solar wings and radar antenna.

Sentinel-1B joined its identical twin, Sentinel-1A, in orbit to benefit numerous services such as monitoring Arctic sea ice and oil spills, mapping for forest, water and soil management, monitoring land for motion risks, and mapping to support humanitarian aid and crisis response.

The pair covers the whole planet every six days for services that are providing a step change in the way our environment is managed.

Each satellite carries an advanced radar that images Earth's surface through cloud and rain, whether it is day or night.

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