Minimize Ramp-Up Phase and Data Provision Plan

In line with the Copernicus programme and the agreement with the European Commission, a gradual process will be followed starting at the Sentinel-5 Precursor launch to operationally qualify the Sentinel-5 Precursor mission operations. The objective is to bring Sentinel-5 Precursor gradually to routine operations, before reaching the Full Operations Capacity of the mission.

This ramp-up process of the Sentinel-5 Precursor exploitation capacity is aligned to the gradually increasing needs and capabilities of the Copernicus users (e.g. Copernicus Services, National services, Science community, etc.) to absorb this new data set already during qualification.

The planned Commissioning Phase (E1) of the Sentinel-5 Precursor started right after the launch and has duration of 6 months and will be finalized by the In-Orbit Commissioning Phase Review meeting. During this phase all instrument operation aspects are being verified and in-orbit calibration has been initiated. The first Sentinel-5 Precursor sample products were delivered to select Cal/Val users after launch +4 months with the objective of facilitating an early familiarization with the products and to initiate geophysical validation activities. No Sentinel-5 Precursor products are delivered to the public during the Commissioning Phase.

An exploitation phase (E2) will then commence extending for the duration of the mission in which calibration and validation activities will continue. Services will gradually be improved in the so-called Payload Data Ground Segment ramp-up phase in order to reach Full Operations Capacity within 14 months after launch. The ramp-up phase will be finalised by the Routine Operation Readiness Review meeting and thereafter routine operations will start.

Sentinel-5 Precursor Data Provision Plan to the public during the ramp-up phase:

  • Launch +8 months -Level-1B; Total Columns of Ozone, Nitrogen Dioxide, Carbon Monoxide; Cloud & Aerosol information => data released on 10 July 2018.
  • Launch +10 months - Total Columns of Tropospheric Ozone, Formaldehyde, Sulphur Dioxide
  • Launch +12 months - Total Columns of Methane
  • Launch +14 months - Aerosol Layer Height, Ozone Profiles

The data as per the above Data Provision Plan will be released to the general public via the Copernicus Open Access Hub. User documentation is available in the Products and Algorithms Technical Guide.