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The heat is on for Sentinel-3B

01 June 2017

While the Copernicus Sentinel-3A satellite is in orbit delivering a wealth of information about our home planet, engineers are putting its twin, Sentinel-3B, through a series of vigorous tests before it is shipped to the launch site next year.

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Copernicus Masters bigger than ever

06 April 2017

This year's Copernicus Masters competition is now open. With prizes totalling more than €1.5 million, the chance to design and launch a small satellite mission and much more, Europe's leading competition for the novel use of Earth observation has never been so impressive.

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Sentinels and FLEX join forces

26 January 2017

ESA's Fluorescence Explorer (FLEX) mission will orbit in tandem with one of the Copernicus constellation satellites. Taking advantage of Sentinel-3's optical and thermal sensors will lead to an integrated package of measurements to assess plant health. With the Sentinel-2 satellites also in orbit, there is a unique opportunity of using this data synergistically from all three missions for vegetation studies.

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Sentinel-3A measures height of Antarctic ice sheet

13 December 2016

Launched in February 2016 with a suite of cutting-edge instruments, Sentinel-3A is arguably the most comprehensive of all the Copernicus Sentinel missions. Since then, the satellite has been thoroughly tested and fine-tuned. This led to the release of its first Earth colour data in October and first radiometer data last month. Now, the public also have access to data from its radar altimeter.

Sentinel-3A takes Earth's temperature

18 November 2016

Following the release of Sentinel-3A's first Earth colour data, the public now have access to data from the satellite's radiometer, which measures energy radiating from Earth's surface in nine spectral bands.

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Sentinel Hub wins Copernicus Masters prize

26 October 2016

A cloud-based web service that allows non-expert users to browse, process and distribute large amounts of Earth observation data takes home this year's Copernicus Masters grand prize.

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Sentinel-3A Earth colour data released

20 October 2016

Today, the Copernicus Sentinel-3A satellite has taken another step towards being fully 'operational' as the first data from its Ocean and Land Colour Instrument are made available to monitor the health of our planet.

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Eye of the storm

13 October 2016

This image from Copernicus Sentinel-3A shows the temperature at the top of Hurricane Matthew at 03:13 GMT (05:13 CEST) on 07 October 2016, as it approached Florida in the USA.

Sentinel-3's sea and land surface temperature radiometer measures energy radiating from Earth's surface in nine spectral bands. This is a thermal infrared image at a resolution of 1 km.

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Siberia blanketed in smoke

29 September 2016

Wildfires break out in the boreal forests of eastern Russia most summers, but 2016 has been particularly bad, with numerous blazes since July.

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Fine wine app wins top prize at App Camp

19 September 2016

An app that uses satellite data to evaluate the quality of wine took home the top prize at this year's Space App Camp at ESA's centre in Frascati, Italy.

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Estonia sign up to Sentinel agreement

13 September 2016

ESA and Enterprise Estonia have signed an arrangement that gives one of ESA's newest Member States access to data from the Copernicus Sentinel satellites.

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Europe's workhorse Sentinel ready for action

13 July 2016

Getting the bigger picture on the health of our planet drew another step closer today as Europe's Sentinel-3A satellite was handed over to EUMETSAT for operations.

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Estonia's first contract with ESA focuses on ocean health

07 June 2016

Estonia has been awarded its first contract since becoming an ESA Member State in 2015. Over the next three years, scientists from Estonia's Tartu Observatory will head an international team to ensure that Sentinel-3's measurements of ocean colour are of the highest quality possible.

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Canadian fires tracked by satellites

19 May 2016

Wildfires have been raging in Canada's Alberta province for nearly three weeks, causing widespread destruction and forcing thousands of people from their homes. As the blaze grows and shifts, satellites are tracking its movement.

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Sentinel-3A feels the heat

06 April 2016

Despite only being in orbit a matter of weeks, Sentinel-3A has already delivered some impressive first images. With the thermal-infrared channels now turned on, the satellite completes its set of firsts with a view of ocean features off the coast of Namibia.

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Australia ensured access to Sentinel data

31 March 2016

ESA and Australia's national geological survey, Geoscience Australia, today agreed to cooperate to ensure data from the EU's Sentinel satellites are accessible in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific.

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Sentinel data wanted

15 March 2016

ESA has agreed with NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the US Geological Survey (USGS) to make data available to them from the European Sentinel satellites.

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Sentinel-3A continues to impress

08 March 2016

The three instruments on the Sentinel-3A satellite are now offering a tantalising glimpse of what's in store for Europe's Copernicus environmental monitoring effort. The latest images, which feature Europe and Antarctica, come from the sensor that records Earth's radiant energy.

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Sentinel-3A rides the waves

04 March 2016

Following the first impressive images from Sentinel-3A, this latest Copernicus satellite is now showing us how another of its instruments, an altimeter, will track sea-level change.

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First views of Earth from Sentinel-3A

02 March 2016

Just two weeks after launch, the latest Sentinel satellite has offered a taster of what it will provide for the EU's Copernicus programme.

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