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ESA's first satellite dedicated to Europe's environmental monitoring Copernicus programme has been fuelled and pressurised, ready for its launch on 3 April.

Following a spectacular launch, Sentinel-1A's first few days in orbit will be some of the most complex in recent memory. Mission control teams will work around the clock to nurse the satellite through its early critical hours in space.

The first satellite of Europe's Copernicus programme is set for launch from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana on 3 April at 21:02 GMT (23:02 CEST). Media representatives are invited to follow the launch online or attend the main launch event at ESA's ESOC operations centre in Darmstadt, Germany.

A large volcanic OClO and BrO plume could be tracked from ENVISAT SCIAMACHY jointly with EOS Aura MLS and OMI observations for 5 days after the June 2011 eruption of Puyehue-Cordón Caulle (PCC).

The SBAS-DInSAR technique has been applied to ERS, Envisat and COSMO-SkyMed data to analyse and model the Ivancich landslide, Assisi, Central Italy.

Sentinel-1A, Europe's first satellite for Copernicus, is almost ready for launch on 3 April. Meanwhile, ESA is showing how its advanced radar will map ice, monitor subsidence and much more.

Estuaries along many of the world's diverse coastlines, support important ecosystem functions and services. They are complex environments, in which dissolved, and suspended particulate matter (SPM), discharged by rivers in upland basins are concentrated and mixed with marine waters and their dissolved and suspended substances.

Researchers from three continents gathered at ESA's technical heart in the Netherlands for the inaugural Alcantara initative workshop – fostering cooperation between research groups in Europe and those beyond, to jointly tackle key knowledge gaps in space research.

In this study the scientists use Envisast ASAR data to investigate coseismic and post-seismic surface deformation associated with the 2008 Mw 6.3 Damxung earthquake on the Tibetan Plateau.

The Sentinel-1A radar satellite has arrived at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana to be prepared over the coming weeks for launch on 3 April.

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