What is Sentinel-2?
The Sentinel-2 mission is a land monitoring constellation of two satellites that provide high resolution optical imagery and provide continuity for the current SPOT and Landsat missions.
The mission provides a global coverage of the Earth's land surface every 10 days with one satellite and 5 days with 2 satellites, making the data of great use in on-going studies.
The satellites are equipped with the state-of-the-art MSI (Multispectral Imager) instrument, that offers high-resolution optical imagery.
12 June 2017
With the Sentinel-2B satellite close to beginning its working life in orbit, this latest Copernicus satellite has linked up to Alphasat by laser, across almost 36,000 km of space, to deliver images of Earth just moments after they were captured.
08 June 2017
Last year, the Sentinel-2A satellite captured an intense algal bloom very close to the Belgian coast. The high-resolution capabilities of Sentinel-2's main instrument are allowing scientists to monitor algae blooms in areas previously not possible to observe with satellites.
Sentinel-2A - 23 June 2015
Operational lifespan: 7.25 years (with consumables for 12)
Orbit Height: 786 km
Resolution and Swath Width: 290 km - 10 m, 20 m and 60 m spatial resolution
Vega rocket (Sentinel-2A)
Ad interim operator: ESA
Astrium Germany has been prime contracted to construct the Sentinel-2 satellite and leads a consortium with core partners: