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Sentinel 2A


Designation 40697 / 15028A
Launch date 23 Jun 2015
Country of origin Europe
Mission Remote sensing
Perigee/Apogee sun-synchronous, 786 km
Inclination 98.6°
Period 100.6 min (10-day revisit)
Launch vehicle Vega #5

Worth EUR 195 million. Earth observation satellite, devoted to monitoring the land environment, as part of the European GMES programme.

High-end multi-spectral optical imaging mission.

The multi-spectral instrument (MSI) will generate optical images in 13 spectral channels in the visible and short-wave infrared range down to a resolution of 10 metres with an image width of 290 km (SWIR 20 m resolution). This will enable Sentinel-2 to provide a permanent record of comprehensive data to help inform the agriculture sector (utilisation, coverage, sealing), forestry industry (population, damage, forest fires), disaster control (management, early warning) and humanitarian relief programmes. Sentinel-2 will also be able to observe natural disasters such as floods, volcanic eruptions, subsidence and landslides.

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