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A wing for Sentinel-2A

01 September 2014

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Imaging Earth's land with unprecedented speed and resolution has come another step closer as the next Sentinel satellite has been given its solar wing and started a strenuous six-month test campaign to make sure that it is fit for launch next April.

Sentinel-2A is the next of ESA's suite of satellites to be launched for Europe's Copernicus programme - the largest Earth monitoring programme in the world.

This new satellite carries a multispectral imager to deliver an unprecedented combination of spatial, spectral and temporal resolution, along with systematic coverage of land and coastal areas.

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