Minimize Revisit and Coverage

The SENTINEL-2 mission will provide systematic coverage over the following areas:

  • all continental land surfaces (including inland waters) between latitudes 56° south and 83° north
  • all coastal waters up to 20 km from the shore
  • all islands greater than 100 km2
  • all EU islands
  • the Mediterranean Sea
  • all closed seas (e.g. Caspian Sea).

Figures 1 and 2 illustrate the coverage foreseen for MSI acquisitions.

Figure 1: Modelled SENTINEL-2 coverage at full operation

Figure 2: Modelled SENTINEL-2 Coverage

With two satellites all regular areas indicated above will be revisited every five days under the same viewing conditions.

Due to overlap between swaths from adjacent orbits, the revisit frequency will be increased with different viewing conditions.