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23 June 2015
Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space: Successfully launched Sentinel-2A will provide colour vision of Earth

Vega launcher take off carrying Sentinel-2A satellite from the spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana
Vega launcher take off carrying Sentinel-2A satellite from the spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana
 
Sentinel-2A is the first optical Earth observation satellite in the European Copernicus programme. On Tuesday, 23 June at 03.51:58 am CEST (22 June at 10.51:58 pm local time), a Vega launcher took off from the spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, carrying the satellite developed and built under the industrial leadership of Airbus Defence and Space for the European Space Agency (ESA). After just over one hour, the solar panel needed to supply energy was extended and Sentinel-2A successfully reported in ‘for duty’. The 1.1 tonne satellite has been designed to operate for at least 7 years and 3 months in a polar orbit around 780 kilometres above the Earth.

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