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SENTINEL-2 is a European wide-swath, high-resolution, multi-spectral imaging mission. The full mission specification of the twin satellites flying in the same orbit but phased at 180°, is designed to give a high revisit frequency of 5 days at the Equator.

SENTINEL-2 carries an optical instrument payload that samples 13 spectral bands: four bands at 10 m, six bands at 20 m and three bands at 60 m spatial resolution. The orbital swath width is 290 km.

Figure 1: The Twin-Satellite SENTINEL-2 Orbital Configuration (courtesy Astrium GmbH)

The twin satellites of SENTINEL-2 provides continuity of SPOT and LANDSAT-type image data, contribute to ongoing multispectral observations and benefit Copernicus services and applications such as land management, agriculture and forestry, disaster control, humanitarian relief operations, risk mapping and security concerns.

Instrument Payload

Each of the satellites in the SENTINEL-2 mission carries a single payload: the Multi-Spectral Instrument (MSI).

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