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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.

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

  • Launch +8 months - Level-1B; Total Columns of Ozone (Near Real Time production), Nitrogen Dioxide, Carbon Monoxide; Cloud & Aerosol information => data released on 10 July 2018
  • Launch +10 months -  Total Columns of Ozone (Offline production), Formaldehyde, Sulphur Dioxide ==> data released on 17 October 2018
  • Launch +12 months - Total Columns of Tropospheric Ozone, Total Columns of Methane
  • Launch +14 months - Aerosol Layer Height, Ozone Profiles.

Level 1B and Level 2 products will be available via the Copernicus Open Access Hub.

Level 1B and Level 2 user documentation is available in the Products and Algorithms Technical Guide.

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: