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The Sentinel-5 Precursor mission is a joint initiative between ESA and the Kingdom of the Netherlands, represented by the Netherlands Space Office NSO. The mission consists of one satellite carrying the TROPOspheric Monitoring Instrument (TROPOMI) UV-VIS-NIR-SWIR instrument.

The main objective of the Sentinel-5P mission is to perform atmospheric measurements, with high spatio-temporal resolution, relating to air quality, climate forcing, ozone and UV radiation.

The satellite was successfully launched on 13 October 2017 from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in Russia.

The Sentinel-5P Mission Guide provides a high-level description of the mission objectives, satellite and ground segment. It also provides an introduction to heritage missions, thematic areas and services, orbit characteristics and coverage, instrument payloads, and data products.

The Mission Guide contains:

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Ready to reap the benefits from Copernicus Sentinel-5P

31 October 2017

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Now that Sentinel-5P is safely in orbit, engineers have started commissioning the satellite for the task of delivering extremely high-quality information on air quality. Meanwhile, the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service is poised to ensure we all reap the benefits from this latest mission.

Launched from Russia on 13 October 2017, this Copernicus satellite is in excellent health and is being manoeuvered gently into its operational orbit.

As planned, the satellite's Tropomi instrument is in the process of being decontaminated. This will take another couple of weeks and then it will be carefully fine-tuned for service.

Sentinel-5P was designed to provide a primary source of data for the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS), which is at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) in the UK, and it is their job to ensure that the mission ultimately benefits Europe's citizens.

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