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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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Copernicus Sentinel-5P reveals new nasties

24 October 2018

The Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite has been providing data on carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and ozone since July, and now other polluting nasties such as sulphur dioxide and formaldehyde have joined the list of data products available to monitor the air we breathe.

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New kid on the block picks up relay for ozone

14 September 2018

For more than 20 years, changes in ozone over Antarctica have been carefully monitored by a succession of European satellites. This important long-term record is now being added to by the Copernicus Sentinel-5P mission, which is dedicated to atmospheric monitoring.

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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