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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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Farewell to Sentinel-2B

15 November 2016

Just weeks before Sentinel-2B is packed up and sent to French Guiana for its launch next March, media representatives and specialists got one last look at the second satellite for Europe's Copernicus programme.

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Sentinel Hub wins Copernicus Masters prize

26 October 2016

A cloud-based web service that allows non-expert users to browse, process and distribute large amounts of Earth observation data takes home this year's Copernicus Masters grand prize.

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Earth's most active volcanoes on satellite watch

20 October 2016

As hundreds flee lava and ash spewed from Mexico's Colima volcano, its continuing eruption is being tracked not only by ground instruments but also from space. Starting last month, Colima is one of 22 active volcanoes worldwide being monitored by satellites.

Sentinels team up

12 October 2016

The Copernicus Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 satellites have found signs of an ongoing glacier dislocation between two recent massive ice avalanches in Tibet.

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