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A driving force for copernicus

A driving force for copernicus

A global monitoring programme

Copernicus comprises an ‘in-situ’ measurement component and a ‘services’ component addressing six specific topics: oceans, atmosphere, climate change, land, security and emergency management.

All starts with Sentinels

Airbus Defence and Space plays a crucial role in constructing the Sentinel satellites and their instruments:

  • developing and building the radar instrument for Sentinel-1
  • prime contractor for Sentinel-2 and a spectral mode observations instrument
  • designing and building the microwave radiometer (MWR) on board Sentinel-3
  • designing and building the satellite and instrument for Sentinel-5 Precursor (5P)
  • prime contractor for the two spectrometers on Sentinel-4
  • prime contractor for the Sentinel-5 imaging spectrometer
  • prime contractor for Jason-CS/ Sentinel-6

More about Sentinels

Sentinel-1

The twin Sentinel-1 satellites are designed to provide radar-based Earth observation imagery and will supply data of significantly higher quality than its predecessor missions.

The first satellite, Sentinel-1A, was successfully launched in April 2014, to be followed in 2016 by the second satellite, Sentinel-1B.

Sentinel-2

Airbus Defence and Space is prime contractor for this 2 satellites mission.

The extracted data will be used primarily for monitoring natural disasters (floods, forest fires, landslides, erosion) and in the fields of land use, soil sealing, spatial planning, forestry management and humanitarian aid and as well as for coastal monitoring.

Sentinel-3

Sentinel-3 is dedicated to oceanography and the monitoring of vegetation.

Sentinel-3 will be equipped with up to four instruments. Airbus Defence and Space has been selected to supply one of these instruments, called the Microwave Radiometer, to determine the amount of humidity contained in the path of the radar pulses, as well as a number of satellite subsystems for this mission.

Sentinel-4

Airbus Defence and Space is the prime contractor for the development and construction of the two spectrometers for the Sentinel-4 mission.

The Sentinel-4 mission will concentrate on services such as analysing the chemical composition of the atmosphere and monitoring air quality. Its main task is to measure concentrations of aerosols, trace gases and cloud cover in the lower troposphere.

Sentinel-5 Precursor

Sentinel-5 Precursor (Sentinel-5P) will be the first satellite dedicated to monitoring atmospheric chemistry for the Copernicus programme. Airbus Defence and Space is the prime contractor for the satellite.

It will ensure there is continuity of data to monitor the ozone hole and tropospheric pollution as current climate monitoring missions come to the end of their lives. Sentinel-5P will fill the gap between current atmospheric capabilities from low polar orbit and the launch of Sentinel-5 which is envisaged for around 2021.

Sentinel-5

The high-precision Sentinel-5 instrument will be developed and constructed by the prime contractor Airbus Defence and Space.

The instrument will monitor the composition of the Earth’s atmosphere globally on a daily basis by taking measurements of trace gases and aerosols that have an impact on the climate and air quality. Sentinel-5 will be installed on a MetOP Second Generation (MetOP-SG) satellite and fly in a roughly 800 kilometre polar orbit around the Earth.

Jason-CS/Sentinel-6

Jason-CS/Sentinel-6 for which Airbus Defence and Space is prime contractor to ESA, is a mission to carry out high-precision measurements of ocean surface topography.

The satellite will measure its distance to the ocean surface with an accuracy of a few centimetres and use this data to map the topography globally, repeating the cycle every ten days. The measurements made are vital for modelling the oceans and predicting rises in sea levels.

Go further

The Sentinel satellites benefit from the SpaceDataHighway services provided by Airbus Defence and Space. The Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 satellites are equipped with laser communication terminals that will significantly accelerate the delivery of time-critical data and large volumes of data to Earth monitoring centres.

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Sentinel 5 Precursor in Orbit - Artist view      
Sentinel 5 Precursor in Orbit - Artist view
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30 August 2017

Sentinel 5 Precursor in Orbit - Artist view

Airbus-built Sentinel-5P satellite will be launched to complete the European Copernicus programme

Airbus-built Sentinel-5P satellite leaving Stevenage facility      
Airbus-built Sentinel-5P satellite leaving Stevenage facility
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29 August 2017

Airbus-built Sentinel-5P satellite leaving Stevenage facility

Airbus-built Sentinel-5P satellite left Airbus Stevenage facility to reach its launch site

Airbus-built Sentinel-5P in clean room, Stevenage      
Airbus-built Sentinel-5P in clean room, Stevenage
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19 July 2017

Airbus-built Sentinel-5P in clean room, Stevenage

Airbus-built Sentinel-5 Precursor satellite ready for launch in clean room, Stevenage - © Airbus 2017

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Satellite-Image-TerraSAR-X-Las-Vegas-Usa-Airbus-Defence-and-Space      
Satellite-Image-TerraSAR-X-Las-Vegas-Usa-Airbus-Defence-and-Space
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13 June 2017

Satellite-Image-TerraSAR-X-Las-Vegas-Usa-Airbus-Defence-and-Space

TerraSAR-X satellite image of Las Vegas (USA)

EarthCARE (Earth Clouds, Aerosols and Radiation Explorer)  in production      
EarthCARE (Earth Clouds, Aerosols and Radiation Explorer)  in production
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19 April 2017

EarthCARE (Earth Clouds, Aerosols and Radiation Explorer) in production

EarthCARE satellite: Japanese Cloud Radar meets its spacecraft for the first time at Airbus’ Satellite Centre in Friedrichshafen

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Sentinel-2B satellite to complete Europe´s colour vision mission of Earth      
Sentinel-2B satellite to complete Europe´s colour vision mission of Earth
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07 March 2017

Sentinel-2B satellite to complete Europe´s colour vision mission of Earth

Sentinel-2B satellite part of the Copernicus Programme      
Sentinel-2B satellite part of the Copernicus Programme
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24 February 2017

Sentinel-2B satellite part of the Copernicus Programme

Sentinel-2B satellite      
Sentinel-2B satellite
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16 November 2016

Sentinel-2B satellite

Sentinel-2B- Closing of Container, Sentinel-2B packed for transport      
Sentinel-2B- Closing of Container, Sentinel-2B packed for transport
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15 June 2016

Sentinel-2B- Closing of Container, Sentinel-2B packed for transport

Sentinel-2 is a polar-orbiting, multispectral high-resolution imaging mission for land monitoring to provide, for example, imagery of vegetation, soil and water cover, inland waterways and coastal areas. Sentinel-2 can also deliver information for emergency services.

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First image taken by the Sentinel 1A radar satellite taken over La Reunion Island and its coastal area, was transmitted successfully by EDRS-A      
First image taken by the Sentinel 1A radar satellite taken over La Reunion Island and its coastal area, was transmitted successfully by EDRS-A
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02 June 2016

First image taken by the Sentinel 1A radar satellite taken over La Reunion Island and its coastal area, was transmitted successfully by EDRS-A

Sentinel-1B on track with its “Radar Vision”      
Sentinel-1B on track with its “Radar Vision”
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19 May 2016

Sentinel-1B on track with its “Radar Vision”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         , Sentinel-3 radiometric instrument      
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         , Sentinel-3 radiometric instrument
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16 February 2016

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA , Sentinel-3 radiometric instrument

Sentinel satellite of Copernicus programme      
Sentinel satellite of Copernicus programme
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26 January 2016

Sentinel satellite of Copernicus programme

Sentinel-1 satellite      
Sentinel-1 satellite
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15 December 2015

Sentinel-1 satellite

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
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23 June 2015

Vega launcher take off carrying Sentinel-2A satellite from the spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana

Vega launcher preparation before launch  with Sentinel-2A satellite from the spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana      
Vega launcher preparation before launch  with Sentinel-2A satellite from the spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana
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17 June 2015

Vega launcher preparation before launch with Sentinel-2A satellite from the spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana

Sentinel- 2A satellite in Airbus cleanroom      
Sentinel- 2A satellite in Airbus cleanroom
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16 June 2015

Sentinel- 2A satellite in Airbus cleanroom

Sentinel-2A will map the Earth’s entire landmass as part of the European Copernicus global monitoring programme      
Sentinel-2A will map the Earth’s entire landmass as part of the European Copernicus global monitoring programme
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28 May 2015

Sentinel-2A will map the Earth’s entire landmass as part of the European Copernicus global monitoring programme

Sentinel-1B antenna readied for transport to meet its spacecraft      
Sentinel-1B antenna readied for transport to meet its spacecraft
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28 May 2015

Sentinel-1B antenna readied for transport to meet its spacecraft

Sentinel-2A transported to Kourou      
Sentinel-2A transported to Kourou
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21 April 2015

Sentinel-2A transported to Kourou

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Sentinel-5p - Overview      
Sentinel-5p - Overview
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19 July 2017

Sentinel-5p - Overview

Sentinel-5p - Overview

Sentinel-5p - Function      
Sentinel-5p - Function
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19 July 2017

Sentinel-5p - Function

Sentinel-5p - Function

Sentinel-5p - Airbus Contribution      
Sentinel-5p - Airbus Contribution
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19 July 2017

Sentinel-5p - Airbus Contribution

Sentinel-5p - Airbus Contribution

Copernicus and Sentinels Infographic ES      
Copernicus and Sentinels Infographic ES
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16 June 2015

Copernicus and Sentinels Infographic ES

Copernicus and Sentinels Infographic FR      
Copernicus and Sentinels Infographic FR
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18 May 2015

Copernicus and Sentinels Infographic FR

Copernicus and Sentinels Infographic DE      
Copernicus and Sentinels Infographic DE
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18 May 2015

Copernicus and Sentinels Infographic DE

Copernicus and Sentinels Infographic EN      
Copernicus and Sentinels Infographic EN
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18 May 2015

Copernicus and Sentinels Infographic EN

Sentinel-2 - Promo clip        
 
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15 February 2017

Sentinel-2 - Promo clip

Airbus is the prime contractor for Sentinel-2, an innovative wide swath high-resolution multispectral imager with 13 spectral bands for a new perspective of our land and vegetation.

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Meet us at ILA 2016 in Berlin        
 
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18 May 2016

Meet us at ILA 2016 in Berlin

This year we will be present from 1st to 4th June at the ILA Berlin Air Show, held in Germany – where we have a significant industrial footprint and strong heritage. Come visit us at our booth in hall 2 and see our products in the BDLI space pavilion as well as on flight- and static display. More info: http://bit.ly/2053SNn

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Airbus Defence and Space, a driving force for Copernicus        
 
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12 June 2015

Airbus Defence and Space, a driving force for Copernicus

Airbus Defence and Space has been a key partner in the Copernicus programme since it kicked off in 1998 under the name GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security). Copernicus comprises an 'in-situ' measurement component and a 'services' component addressing six specific topics: oceans, atmosphere, climate change, land, security and emergency management. More information on http://bit.ly/1eMW5SY and http://bit.ly/1GBEwSi

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Climate monitoring missions        
 
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20 May 2015

Climate monitoring missions

Space has become an undisputed diagnostic tool for detecting climatic and environmental changes on a planetary scale. European Space Agency, European Commission and Eumetsat are the key actors for climate monitoring from space in Europe. Airbus Defence and Space has a long history of Earth observation & climate monitoring missions. 27 Airbus built satellites already launched have direct or indirect applications for climate change monitoring, with more than 200 years accumulated in orbit experience. There are a further 18 satellites in development. More information: http://bit.ly/1eMW5SY

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Sentinel-2 watches Earth's landmasses        
 
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23 February 2015

Sentinel-2 watches Earth's landmasses

The Sentinel-2 satellites will deliver optical images from the visible-near infrared to short-wave infrared range of the electromagnetic spectrum using a total of 13 spectral bands with a resolution of 10, 20 or 60 meters and a swath width of 290 km and will be used mainly in the areas of land use, soil sealing, land management, forest monitoring, natural disasters (floods, forest fires, landslides, erosion) and humanitarian aid. Sentinel-2 is one of the European “Copernicus” programme satellites built under the industrial leadership of Airbus Defence and Space for the European Space Agency. More information: http://bit.ly/1AvoFep

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MetOp-SG - Meteorological data across the entire globe        
 
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12 November 2014

MetOp-SG - Meteorological data across the entire globe

MetOp-SG comprises two series of satellites, with three units in each series. The Satellite A series focuses on optical instruments and atmospheric sounders, while the Satellite B series focuses on microwave instruments. Both types will be based on Airbus Defense and Space’s Astrobus high-power satellite platforms. While the Satellite A series will be developed and built under the industrial lead of Airbus Defence and Space in Toulouse (France), the design and manufacture of the Satellite B series will be led by the company’s Friedrichshafen site in Germany. More information: http://bit.ly/1ueWw8P

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Airbus Defence and Space, a driving force for Copernicus        
 
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27 March 2014

Airbus Defence and Space, a driving force for Copernicus

Airbus Defence and Space has been a key partner in the Copernicus programme since it kicked off in 1998 under the name GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security). Copernicus comprises an 'in-situ' measurement component and a 'services' component addressing six specific topics: oceans, atmosphere, climate change, land, security and emergency management. More information on http://www.astrium.eads.net/en/programme/sentinel-1vh.html

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Sentinel-1 - "Radar Vision"        
 
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27 March 2014

Sentinel-1 - "Radar Vision"

The Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission is the European “Radar Vision” for the Copernicus joint initiative of the European Commission (EC) and the European Space Agency (ESA). Copernicus, previously known as GMES, is a European initiative for the implementation of information services dealing with environment and security. It is based on observation data received from Earth Observation satellites and ground-based information. The Airbus Defence and Space built Sentinel-1 SAR instrument with its all-weather, day-and-night imaging capability and its short revisit time has greatly enhanced the amount of valuable data available to users. Data is routinely and systematically provided for maritime and land monitoring, emergency response, climate change and security purposes. More information: http://bit.ly/1lLvHg3

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