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Sentinel-2B launch preparations off to a flying start

13 January 2017

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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.

On 5 January, the satellite was shipped from ESA's site in the Netherlands – where it had been undergoing testing since June – and arrived safe and sound in French Guiana the following day.
The Sentinel-2 mission is designed as two satellites working in tandem – Sentinel-2A has been in orbit since June 2015. Offering ‘colour vision' for Europe's Copernicus programme, the mission combines high-resolution and novel multispectral capabilities.

Now in the cleanroom at Europe's spaceport, Sentinel-2B is already on its stand for the start of a seven-week campaign to test and prepare it to be lofted into orbit on a Vega rocket.

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