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Monitoring air quality takes next step

28 March 2014

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With air pollution linked to millions of deaths around the world, it has never been more important to monitor the air we breathe. Today marks a significant step forward as a deal is secured to build a crucial space sensor for tracking the world's air quality.

The €144 million contract for the Sentinel-5 instrument of Europe’s Copernicus programme was formally signed today with Airbus Defence and Space in Ottobrunn, Germany.

"The Sentinel-5 instrument will be very important to continue the monitoring of our atmosphere by an operational system," noted Volker Liebig, ESA's Director of Earth Observation Programmes.

"Together with the launch of Sentinel-1A just days away, the ambitious Copernicus programme is now on the road to realising its full potential."

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