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First Sentinel-2B images delivered by laser

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.

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Near-shore phytoplankton bloom captured from space

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.

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Sentinel-2 captures coral bleaching of Great Barrier Reef

24 May 2017

Scientists observed the bleaching of Australia's Great Barrier Reef early this year using satellite images. While capturing these events from space has been difficult in the past, Sentinel-2's frequent revisits and its resolution makes it possible.

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Bringing satellite data to farmers

24 May 2017

ESA and BayWa AG are joining forces in an effort to advance the use of satellite data in farming.

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Copernicus Masters bigger than ever

06 April 2017

This year's Copernicus Masters competition is now open. With prizes totalling more than €1.5 million, the chance to design and launch a small satellite mission and much more, Europe's leading competition for the novel use of Earth observation has never been so impressive.

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Urban monitoring boosted by new data processor

04 April 2017

A new processing tool has been developed to bundle information contained in large amounts of satellite data, paving the way for the wealth of Copernicus Sentinel satellite data to be more easily incorporated into online environment-monitoring services.

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Improving land cover mapping with Sentinel-2

24 March 2017

With the pair of Sentinel-2 satellites now in orbit, users are looking ahead to mapping global land cover at 10 m resolution.

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Glitter helps to monitor ocean waves

20 March 2017

The notion of glitter might appear as somewhat frivolous, but scientists are using Sun glitter in images from the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission to map the motion of the sea surface.

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A 'toast' to Copernicus Sentinel-2B as it delivers its first images

15 March 2017

Just over a week after being lofted into orbit, the European Union's Sentinel-2B satellite delivered its first images of Earth, offering a glimpse of the 'colour vision' it will provide for the Copernicus environmental monitoring programme.

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Orbiting in sunshine

09 March 2017

Following three days of intensive work, mission control today declared the newly launched Sentinel-2B satellite fit and ready for commissioning.

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Second 'colour vision' satellite for Copernicus launched

07 March 2017

The ESA-developed Sentinel-2B satellite was launched on 07 March, doubling the coverage of high-resolution optical imaging in the Sentinel-2 mission for the European Union Copernicus environmental monitoring system.

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Sentinel-2B poised for liftoff

02 March 2017

With liftoff just a few days away, the next Sentinel satellite for the Copernicus environmental monitoring programme is positioned in the launch tower at Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

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Sentinels warn of dangerous ice crack

16 February 2017

Following the appearance of a large crack in the ice shelf close to the Halley VI research station in Antarctica, information from the Copernicus Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 satellites helped to decide to close the base temporarily.

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Sentinel-2 teams prepare for space

16 February 2017

Going to space is never routine, and Sentinel-2 mission controllers are leaving nothing to chance as they prepare for the critical days following next month's liftoff.

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Fuel Sentinel-2B: Done

16 February 2017

As liftoff day draws closer, the Sentinel-2B 'to do' list is shrinking as tasks are ticked off, including the tricky process of fuelling the satellite. And, even despite having to do a few unexpected jobs, everything is on track for launch.

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Botswana wetlands

02 February 2017

To mark World Wetlands Day, this Copernicus Sentinel-2A image features the Okavango Delta on 2 December 2016.

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Sentinels and FLEX join forces

26 January 2017

ESA's Fluorescence Explorer (FLEX) mission will orbit in tandem with one of the Copernicus constellation satellites. Taking advantage of Sentinel-3's optical and thermal sensors will lead to an integrated package of measurements to assess plant health. With the Sentinel-2 satellites also in orbit, there is a unique opportunity of using this data synergistically from all three missions for vegetation studies.

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Sentinel-2B launch preparations off to a flying start

13 January 2017

Some of us may be easing ourselves gently into the New Year, but for the team readying Sentinel-2B for liftoff on 07 March it's full steam ahead.

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OSEO call for proposals

25 November 2016

The Open Science Earth Observation (OSEO) call for using the innovation platform in Poland is open. The OSEO call offers scientists the opportunity to exploit, at no cost, the full archive of optical EO data, in particular from Sentinel-2, using a dedicated cloud computing infrastructure for science, applications and technological innovation.

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Start of service for Europe's SpaceDataHighway

23 November 2016

The European Data Relay System began servicing Europe's Earth observing Copernicus programme yesterday, transferring observations in quasi-real time using cutting-edge laser technology.

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