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 will start right after the launch and has a duration of 6 months and will be finalised by the In-Orbit Commissioning Phase Review meeting. During this phase all instrument operation aspects will be verified and in-orbit calibration will be initiated. The first Sentinel-5 Precursor sample products will be delivered to selected Cal/Val users after launch +4 months with the objective of facilitating an early familiarisation with the products and to initiate geophysical validation activities. No Sentinel-5 Precursor products will be 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 +7 months - Level-1B products
  • Launch +10 months - Level-2 products that can be retrieved in the UV-VIS-NIR wavelength range
  • Launch +14 months - All Level-2 products (including products retrieved in the SWIR wavelength range)