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Preparing for Liftoff

Campaign to launch Sentinel-2B begins

9 Jan 2017, 15:19 UTC
Campaign to launch Sentinel-2B begins
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The second Sentinel-2 satellite, Sentinel-2B, has arrived at Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Here, engineers will prepare it for liftoff, which is planned for 7 March at 02:49 CET (6 March 22:49 local time).
Sentinel-2B arrives in French Guiana. (ESA)
Offering ‘colour vision’ for Europe’s environmental monitoring Copernicus programme, Sentinel-2 combines high-resolution, novel multispectral capabilities and a 290 km-wide swath to monitor Earth’s changing lands in unprecedented detail and accuracy.
The mission is based on a constellation of two identical satellites, Sentinel-2A and Sentinel-2B, launched separately. Sentinel-2A was launched on 23 June 2015 and soon will be joined by its twin. Orbiting 180° apart, they will cover all Earth’s land surfaces, large islands, inland and coastal waters between 84°N and 56°S every five days, optimising global coverage and data delivery for numerous applications.
Sentinel-2B leaves ESA-ESTEC. (ESA)
The Sentinel-2B satellite left ESA’s facilities in the Netherlands on 5 January headed for Cologne–Bonn airport in Germany. Here the satellite container and supporting equipment werr loaded onto an Antonov aircraft.
Team in front of satellite container. (ESA)
Teams from ESA and Airbus Defence & Space were already in Kourou ready and waiting to unload the aircraft when it arrived in the ...

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