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Satellites to serve

16 September 2013

ESA's first Sentinel satellite dedicated to Europe's Copernicus environmental monitoring programme is nearing completion in readiness for launch. The series of Sentinels and this ambitious programme were much in focus at the Living Planet Symposium this week.

The Sentinel-1 mission is a constellation of two satellites, the first of which is planned to be launched next spring.

The flight acceptance review is set for January, which will confirm that the satellite is fit for liftoff and its life in orbit.

Sentinel-1 will be launched on a Soyuz rocket from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, with its sister satellite following about 18 months later.

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