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Chilly summer for Sentinel-2B

18 July 2016

While most of us may be looking forward to spending some time in the sunshine this summer, the Sentinel-2B satellite is being subjected to the extreme cold of space to make sure it is fit for life in orbit.

Sentinel-2B will be the next satellite launched for Europe's environmental Copernicus programme.

In 2017, it will join its identical twin, Sentinel-2A, to supply high-resolution images for numerous applications, from monitoring the health of the world's vegetation and changes the way land is used, to mapping regions struck by natural disasters.

The two satellites orbiting 180° apart and their 290 km-wide swaths allows Earth's main land surfaces, large islands, and inland and coastal waters to be covered every five days.

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