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A precursor satellite mission, Sentinel-5P aims to fill in the data gap and provide data continuity between the retirement of the Envisat satellite and NASA's Aura mission and the launch of Sentinel-5. The mission will perform atmospheric monitoring and was launched in October 2017.

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Air pollution drops in India following lockdown

24 April 2020

Lockdowns imposed to halt the spread of the coronavirus have been recently linked with cleaner air quality over Europe and China. New images, from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite, from the European Union Copernicus programme, now show some cities across India seeing levels drop by around 40–50% owing to its nationwide quarantine.

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Air pollution remains low as Europeans stay at home

16 April 2020

Further analyses are showing the continued low levels of nitrogen dioxide concentrations across Europe – coinciding with lockdown measures implemented to stop the spread of the coronavirus. New data from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite, from the European Union Copernicus programme, show some cities seeing levels fall by 45—50% compared to the same period last year.

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Launch Date: 13 October 2017

Operational lifespan: 7 years

Mission Objectives:

The Sentinel-5 Precursor objectives are to provide operational space-borne observations in support to the operational monitoring of:

  • Air Quality
  • Ozone and Surface UV
  • Climate

It will provide measurements of:

  • Ozone
  • NO_2
  • SO_2
  • Formaldehyde
  • Aerosol
  • Carbonmonoxide
  • Methane
  • Clouds

Mission Orbit:

Orbit Type: Sun-synchronous, polar
Orbit Height: 824 km
Inclination: 98.74°
Repeat Cycle: 16 days Mean LST: 13:30 at Ascending Node
Sentinel-5 Precursor is foreseen to operate in loose formation with Suomi-NPP

 

Payload:

The TROPOMI instrument is a UV-VIS-NIR-SWIR push-broom grating spectrometer.

  • Spectral range: 270-495 nm, 710-775 nm, 2305-2385 nm
  • Spectral resolution: 0.25-0.55 nm
  • Observation mode: nadir pointing, global daily coverage, 7x7 km^2 ground
  • Payload Mass: 200kg

Configuration:
The spacecraft launch mass is ~900 kg

Launch vehicle:
ROCKOT

Contractors:

Prime Contractor: Airbus Defence & Space
TROPOMI contract: Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs