What is Sentinel-5P?
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.
New maps that use information from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite reveal emissions of nitrogen dioxide along a Siberian natural gas pipeline that connects the Urengoy gas field – the second-largest gas field in the world – with Europe.
Launch Date: 13 October 2017
Operational lifespan: 7 years
The Sentinel-5 Precursor objectives are to provide operational space-borne observations in support to the operational monitoring of:
It will provide measurements of:
Orbit Type: Sun-synchronous, polar
The TROPOMI instrument is a UV-VIS-NIR-SWIR push-broom grating spectrometer.
Prime Contractor: Airbus Defence & Space