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A precursor satellite mission, Sentinel-5P aims to fill in the data gap and provide data continuity between the retirement of the Envisat satellite and NASA's Aura mission and the launch of Sentinel-5. The mission will perform atmospheric monitoring and was launched in October 2017.

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Coronavirus lockdown leading to drop in pollution across Europe

27 March 2020

New data, based on observations from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite, are showing strong reductions in nitrogen dioxide concentrations over several major cities across Europe – including Paris, Madrid and Rome.

COVID-19: nitrogen dioxide over China

19 March 2020

Recent data have shown a decline of air pollution over northern Italy coinciding with its nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). This new map shows the variation of nitrogen dioxide emissions over China from December to March – thanks to the Tropomi instrument on board the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite. 

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Launch Date: 13 October 2017

Operational lifespan: 7 years

Mission Objectives:

The Sentinel-5 Precursor objectives are to provide operational space-borne observations in support to the operational monitoring of:

  • Air Quality
  • Ozone and Surface UV
  • Climate

It will provide measurements of:

  • Ozone
  • NO_2
  • SO_2
  • Formaldehyde
  • Aerosol
  • Carbonmonoxide
  • Methane
  • Clouds

Mission Orbit:

Orbit Type: Sun-synchronous, polar
Orbit Height: 824 km
Inclination: 98.74°
Repeat Cycle: 16 days Mean LST: 13:30 at Ascending Node
Sentinel-5 Precursor is foreseen to operate in loose formation with Suomi-NPP

 

Payload:

The TROPOMI instrument is a UV-VIS-NIR-SWIR push-broom grating spectrometer.

  • Spectral range: 270-495 nm, 710-775 nm, 2305-2385 nm
  • Spectral resolution: 0.25-0.55 nm
  • Observation mode: nadir pointing, global daily coverage, 7x7 km^2 ground
  • Payload Mass: 200kg

Configuration:
The spacecraft launch mass is ~900 kg

Launch vehicle:
ROCKOT

Contractors:

Prime Contractor: Airbus Defence & Space
TROPOMI contract: Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs