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Ready to build the Biomass forest mission

03 May 2016

ESA and Airbus Defence and Space UK signed a €229 million contract on 29 April to build the next Earth Explorer: the Biomass satellite, due to begin its mission in 2021.

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Sentinel-1B delivers

28 April 2016

Launched on 25 April from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana, Sentinel-1B has produced its first images only two hours after the radar was switched on - a record time for a space radar.

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Sentinel-1B spreads its wings

27 April 2016

Following liftoff on 25 April from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana, Sentinel-1B has opened its large solar wings and radar antenna.

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Sentinel-1B launched to complete radar pair

25 April 2016

The second Sentinel-1 satellite - Sentinel-1B - was launched on 25 April to provide more 'radar vision' for Europe's environmental Copernicus programme.

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Teams ready for Sentinel-1B launch

21 April 2016

A final, full rehearsal has confirmed that teams at ESA's mission control are ready for tomorrow's launch of the Sentinel-1B radar satellite.

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Sentinel-1 counts fish

21 April 2016

Images from the Sentinel-1A satellite are being used to monitor aquaculture in the Mediterranean, in another example of the mission's contribution to food security, as fisheries become the main source of seafood.

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Sentinel-1B in position for liftoff

20 April 2016

With just two days to liftoff, the next Sentinel for Europe's environmental monitoring programme is now poised high in the launch tower at Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

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Copernicus Masters open for entries

20 April 2016

In the past five years, Copernicus Masters has selected 39 winners out of more than 1200 applicants from 60 countries, who submitted some 700 cutting-edge business ideas.

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Training beyond the expected

19 April 2016

With rigorous training complete, satellite operations teams are ready to assume control of Sentinel-1B - and for any problems that might come along.

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Sentinel-1 sees rice paddy drop in the Mekong Delta

18 April 2016

Europe's Sentinel-1A satellite has shown that the Mekong River Delta - one of the world's major rice-growing areas - saw a significant drop in productivity over the past year, illustrating the effect of El Niño on food security.

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