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Rise and shine for Sentinel-3A

14 January 2016

Following the Christmas break, the Sentinel-3A satellite has been taken out of its storage container and woken up as the campaign to prepare it for launch resumes at the Russian Plesetsk cosmodrome. Liftoff is set for 4 February.

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Sentinel-3A taking final steps to launch

03 December 2015

After an eventful journey to Russia, by plane, lorry and train, the Sentinel-3A satellite is safe and sound in the Plesetsk cosmodrome in northern Russia, for lift-off next month.

DeDop3: A new tool for altimetry data processing

25 November 2015

The recent development of SAR altimetry, or more properly Delay Doppler altimetry, as implemented on CryoSat and soon to be operated on Sentinel-3, opens an exciting new era for the scientific community. This new approach offers scientists an opportunity to develop new processing schemes and derive new and improved products, and so maximise the benefits of the measurements available from upcoming missions.

Release of SNAP version 2.0

23 November 2015

The SNAP Development team is pleased to announce that version 2.0 of the SNAP (Sentinel Application Platform) has been released and is available to download.

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Sentinel-3A on its way

20 November 2015

The latest satellite for the European Commission's Copernicus environmental programme has left France bound for the Plesetsk launch site in Russia and launch late next month.

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Sentinel-3A shows off

15 October 2015

Before the latest satellite for Copernicus is packed up and shipped to the Plesetsk cosmodrome in Russia for launch at the end of the year, the media and specialists were given the chance to see this next-generation mission centre-stage in the cleanroom.

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Surfing for science

29 July 2015

Thanks to a new system developed by scientists in the UK, taking to the waves for a spot of surfing can benefit research into the health of coastal waters, and could help confirm satellite measurements of sea-surface temperature.

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Sentinel-3 strips off

17 June 2015

Building a satellite is a complex business, most of which goes on in the confines of a cleanroom. This new animation shows the upcoming Sentinel-3 satellite stripped bare, revealing its inner glory - a view normally only granted to the engineers responsible for piecing together this extraordinary technology.

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Sentinel-3 fully formed

04 December 2014

For more than 18 months, engineers have been carefully piecing together the many components that make up ESA's Sentinel-3A satellite. Now hosting an array of instruments to provide a wealth of information about Earth's oceans and land, the satellite is complete, standing proud for testing.

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New toolboxes make using Sentinel data easy

30 September 2014

The Sentinel satellites are built primarily to deliver information for environmental services through Europe's Copernicus programme, but they will also be used to advance our scientific understanding of Earth. Paving the way for easy scientific exploitation, ESA has released three new open source scientific software toolboxes.

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How does a beer cooler help understand climate?

09 July 2014

While engineers have almost finished building the first Sentinel-3 satellite for ocean forecasting and marine safety, a beer cooler has an unusual role in supporting the long-term record of sea-surface temperatures.

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Sentinel-3 stacks up

24 April 2014

Over the last year, engineers have been carefully testing and piecing together the multitude of components that make up Sentinel-3. The recent arrival of the infrared radiometer is a milestone in the exacting process of building this upcoming Copernicus mission.

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Taking Earth's temperature

13 January 2014

Like thermometers in the sky, satellite instruments can measure the temperatures of Earth's surfaces. ESA's new GlobTemperature project is merging these data from a variety of spaceborne sensors to provide scientists with a one-stop shop for land, lake and ice temperature data.

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Science meets Sentinel-3

06 December 2013

With the first of the Sentinel satellites being readied for launch next spring, scientists are looking ahead to the third mission in the series to ensure the highest quality data possible.

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Exploring the Sentinels' potential

19 September 2013

ESA is sponsoring an initiative to explore the possible benefits that the Copernicus programme’s Sentinel satellites can bring to geo-information communities in over 20 European countries.

The initiative, led by the European Umbrella Organisation for Geo-Information, Eurogi, explores the potential interest of the community for Copernicus products and services based on space data.

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Reflecting on Earth's albedo

06 September 2013

The amount of sunlight being absorbed or reflected by Earth is one of the driving forces for weather and climate. Satellites are providing this information with unprecedented accuracy.

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Green light for GMES Copernicus

04 July 2013

Europe's ambitious global environmental monitoring programme will now be able to move into operation thanks to the European Parliament's approval of the multiannual financial framework budget for 2014-20.

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Bringing Sentinel-3 together

06 March 2013

An important milestone has been reached for ESA’s Sentinel-3 mission. The satellite platform has been delivered to the Prime Contractor in France where the instruments will be installed and tested along with the numerous components that make up this sophisticated new mission to monitor Earth.

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Snow cover hits record lows

03 December 2012

Santa Claus may someday need wheels for his sleigh - satellites show a decreasing amount of snow in the Northern Hemisphere.

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Clearest evidence yet of polar ice losses

30 November 2012

After two decades of satellite observations, an international team of experts brought together by ESA and NASA has produced the most accurate assessment of ice losses from Antarctica and Greenland to date. This study finds that the combined rate of ice sheet melting is increasing.

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