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From green to brown in a month

26 July 2018

The main proof of long hot and dry spell Europe has been enduring over the last few weeks has been obtained from the Copernicus Sentinel-3 images acquired on 28 June and 25 July 2018.

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European drought

25 July 2018

These Copernicus Sentinel-3 images show how this year's heatwave has taken its toll on vegetation in northern Germany, Denmark and Sweden.

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Denmark scorched

25 July 2018

With temperatures soaring and no rain to speak of, Europe is the grip of a heatwave. As well as the havoc that wildfires have caused in countries such as the UK, Sweden and Greece, the current heat is scorching our land and vegetation.

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Sweden in flames

20 July 2018

With Europe in the grip of a heatwave and little rain, the scorched ground and dry vegetation is succumbing to fire. Fires have now broken out as far as the Arctic Circle, in Sweden. This animation shows images from the Copernicus Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-3 missions.

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Copernicus 20 years on

21 June 2018

This week marks 20 years since the manifesto was signed that gave rise to Europe's Copernicus environmental programme. With seven Sentinel satellites already in orbit delivering terabytes of data every day, Copernicus is the biggest provider of Earth observation data in the world.

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Sentinel-3 flies tandem

19 June 2018

The key to monitoring Earth's changing environment and to guaranteeing a consistent stream of satellite data to improve our daily lives is to take the same measurements over the course of decades. But how do you know that measurements from successive satellites, even though identical in build, are like for like?

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Sicily hotspot

05 June 2018

Launched on 25 April 2018, Sentinel-3B has already delivered some impressive first images from its ocean and land colour instrument, from its altimeter and from the optical channels of its radiometer.


With the radiometer's thermal-infrared channels now turned on, the satellite completes its set of firsts with an image that depicts thermal signatures over southern Italy, the Mediterranean Sea and Sicily.

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Sentinel-3B Timelapse: Preparing for Liftoff

23 May 2018

This timelapse video shows the Sentinel-3B satellite being prepared for liftoff on 25 April 2018 from Plesetsk in Russia.

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Lake Van water height from Sentinel-3B

11 May 2018

Launched on 25 April 2018, the Sentinel-3B satellite has already delivered impressive first images from its ocean and land colour instrument and from its radiometer. It has now also delivered data from its altimeter – which means that all of the instruments are working well.

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Copernicus Sentinel-3B delivers first images

09 May 2018

Less than two weeks after it was launched, the Copernicus Sentinel-3B satellite has delivered its first images of Earth. Exceeding expectations, this first set of images include the sunset over Antarctica, sea ice in the Arctic and a view of northern Europe.

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ESA and SAP look to World Space Alliance

26 April 2018

With the launch of Sentinel-3B, the first set of Sentinels for Copernicus is now in orbit delivering an almost mind-boggling amount of data. While this wealth of information advances environmental monitoring, it also opens up huge business opportunities. To help bring these data to market, ESA and SAP have joined forces to create the World Space Alliance.

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Seventh Sentinel satellite launched for Copernicus

25 April 2018

The second Sentinel-3 satellite, Copernicus Sentinel-3B, was launched on 25 April, joining its identical twin Sentinel-3A in orbit. This pairing of satellites increases coverage and data delivery for the European Union's Copernicus environment programme.

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ESA teams ready for space

24 April 2018

The launch of Sentinel-3B will complete the Sentinel-3 constellation and represents the culmination of months of training to fly Europe's latest Copernicus satellite.

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Sentinel-3B on launch pad

23 April 2018

The next Sentinel satellite for Europe's environmental monitoring Copernicus programme is poised for liftoff from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in northern Russia.

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Sentinel-3B fully tanked

13 April 2018

Getting a satellite ready to be launched involves a long list of jobs, but with the Copernicus Sentinel-3B satellite now fuelled, this particular 'to do' list is significantly shorter. And, importantly, all is on track for lift-off on 25 April.

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Copernicus Masters now open

03 April 2018

Awarding outstanding ideas and applications that use Earth observation data to tackle challenges faced by business and society, the Copernicus Masters 2018 competition is now open for submissions.

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Sentinel-3B launch preparations in full swing

23 March 2018

With the Sentinel-3B satellite now at the Plesetsk launch site in Russia and liftoff set for 25 April, engineers are steaming ahead with the task of getting Europe's next Copernicus satellite ready for its journey into orbit.

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Join us for Sentinel-3 launch

21 March 2018

Be a part of Europe's Earth observation revolution by applying to join experts at one of two Sentinel-3B launch #SocialSpace activities on 25 April.

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ESA testing detection of floating plastic litter from orbit

19 March 2018

The millions of tonnes of plastic ending up in the oceans every year are a global challenge. ESA is responding by looking at the detection of marine plastic litter from space, potentially charting its highest concentrations and understanding the gigantic scale of the problem.

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Voyaging for the Sentinels

09 March 2018

Two recent expeditions that took scientists 26 000 km across the Atlantic Ocean have returned critical information to make sure that the Copernicus Sentinel satellites are delivering accurate data about the state of our oceans.

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