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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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Ozone hole set to close

08 November 2019

The size of the ozone hole fluctuates – usually forming each year in August, with its peak in October, before finally closing in late November or December. Not only will the hole close earlier than usual in 2019, but it is also the smallest it has been in 30 years owing to unusual atmospheric conditions.

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Monitoring air pollution from fires

09 September 2019

The wildfires that have been devastating the Amazon rainforest have been international headline news over the last weeks. These fires are not only an environmental tragedy in terms of lost forest and biodiversity, but they are also leaving their mark on the atmosphere, affecting air quality and, potentially, the global climate.

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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