The Sentinel-2 mission comprises a constellation of two polar-orbiting satellites placed in the same orbit, phased at 180° to each other. It aims at monitoring variability in land surface conditions, and its wide swath width and high revisit time (10 days at the equator with one satellite, and 5 days with 2 satellites under cloud-free conditions which results in 2-3 days at mid-latitudes) will support monitoring of changes to vegetation within the growing season. The coverage limits are from between latitudes 56° south and 84° north.
For mission planning information, see the Copernicus Mission pages.
This Sentinel-2 Mission Guide provides a high-level description of the mission objectives, satellite description and ground segment. It also addresses the related heritage missions, thematic areas and Copernicus services, orbit characteristics and coverage, instrument payload, and data products.
The Mission Guide categories are: