What is Sentinel-2?
The Sentinel-2 mission is a land monitoring constellation of two satellites that provide high resolution optical imagery and provide continuity for the current SPOT and Landsat missions.
The mission provides a global coverage of the Earth's land surface every 10 days with one satellite and 5 days with 2 satellites, making the data of great use in on-going studies.
The satellites are equipped with the state-of-the-art MSI (Multispectral Imager) instrument, that offers high-resolution optical imagery.
20 March 2020
Mapping land cover is not only essential for monitoring change, but it also underpins numerous practical applications. However, generating these maps entails handling huge amounts of satellite data and some technical expertise. Thanks to the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission and new cloud-computing resources, fully automated land-cover maps in 10 m resolution are on the horizon.
23 January 2020
The Philippines' Taal volcano erupted on 12 January 2020 – spewing an ash plume approximately 15 km high and forcing large-scale evacuations in the nearby area.
Sentinel-2A - 23 June 2015
Operational lifespan: 7.25 years (with consumables for 12)
Orbit Height: 786 km
Resolution and Swath Width: 290 km - 10 m, 20 m and 60 m spatial resolution
Vega rocket (Sentinel-2A)
Ad interim operator: ESA
Astrium Germany has been prime contracted to construct the Sentinel-2 satellite and leads a consortium with core partners: