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EU set to roll-out Sentinel space project

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Posted in Science on 3rd Apr, 2014 03:58 AM by AlexMuller

The biggest civil Earth-observation programme ever conceived begins its roll-out on Thursday with the launch of a radar satellite from French Guiana. The EU's Sentinel-1a spacecraft will be followed into orbit by a fleet of other satellites in the coming years. Together, they will return an unprecedented volume of data on the state of the planet.

 
European nations have so far committed 7.5bn euros (£6.2bn; $10.3bn) to the project, through to the decade's end. But the vision is that Copernicus, to give the venture its official title, is unending - that every Sentinel satellite is replaced at the demise of its mission, to ensure there is continuity of information deep into this century.
 
"There is no Earth observation project as big as this," said Prof Anne Glover, the European Union's chief scientific adviser.
 
"It will give European scientists and European citizens the ability to understand precisely what is happening on our planet - from the poles, to the oceans, to the land," she told BBC News. Senitnel-1a will be carried into space on a Soyuz rocket, launching from Sinnamary on the Guianese coast at 18:02 local time.
 
The flight, to an altitude just above 690km, should take 23 minutes, putting the satellite on a path that sends it around the Earth via the poles.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-03
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Commitment and dedication to make detailed observations of Earth is most welcome! I am very glad that this mission continues
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-03
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Yes, great news. This project, Copernicus, uses a range of technologies to get a broad picture of the health status of the planet. Earth-watching missions have largely been short-lived research programmes and this represents a major step change. Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-03
+2
It would be great to monitor environment comprehensively and daily, just like the weather. " Today and every day, you get a weather forecast on the TV, and soon I hope you will be getting environmental forecasts from the Sentinels".
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-03
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I think that hopes are bigger that this. The EU hopes the data will prove to be a powerful tool to help design and enforce community-wide polices, covering diverse areas such as fish stocks management, air quality regulation, and keeping track of waste disposal practices..... Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-03
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Commitment and dedication to make detailed observations of Earth is most welcome! I am very glad that this mission continues Reply


 

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