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A 'toast' to Copernicus Sentinel-2B as it delivers its first images

15 March 2017

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Just over a week after being lofted into orbit, the European Union's Sentinel-2B satellite delivered its first images of Earth, offering a glimpse of the 'colour vision' it will provide for the Copernicus environmental monitoring programme.

With a swath width of 290 km, the satellite's first acquisition began over the Baltic Sea and made a strip-like observation through eastern Europe, ending in northern Libya.

The data were relayed in real time to the Matera ground station in Italy, where the images were then processed.

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Smallsats win big prize at Copernicus Masters

08 November 2017

A constellation of small satellites that provide data on Earth's ice and soil moisture content to complement the Sentinel fleet took the top prize at this year's Copernicus Masters Competition.
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The awards ceremony took place on 07 November,  in Tallinn, Estonia, in front of an international audience during European Space Week as part of the Satellite Masters Conference & Horizon 2020 Space Info Day.