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N° 7–2015: Call for Media: Last chance to see Sentinel-2 satellite

13 February 2015

ESA and the European Commission together with Airbus Defence and Space and the IABG test centre are inviting media to view the Sentinel‑2A satellite in Ottobrunn, Germany on 24 February.

Before Sentinel-2A is packed up and shipped to French Guiana for launch, media are invited to see this state-of-the-art satellite in the cleanroom. Project managers and specialists will explain how it is set to open a new chapter in our ability to monitor the health of Earth’s vegetation and track changes in the way land is used.

Offering ‘colour vision’ for Europe’s environmental monitoring Copernicus programme, Sentinel-2A combines high-resolution and novel multispectral capabilities – a first for ESA. With a 290 km-wide coverage path and frequent revisits, Sentinel-2 will deliver views of Earth’s changing lands in unprecedented detail and accuracy.

Information from this latest mission will help to improve agricultural practices, monitor the world’s forest, detect pollution in lakes and coastal waters, contribute to disaster mapping and much more.

The satellite was built by an industrial consortium led by prime contractor Airbus Defence and Space.

Sentinel-2 will be launched in June on a Vega rocket from the CSG, Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

The 24 February press event and visit to the cleanroom will include briefings by representatives from ESA, Airbus DS, application specialists and the European Commission.



11:00 Welcome address from Rudolf Schwarz, CEO of IABG

11:10 ESA’s Volker Liebig provides overview of the Copernicus Space Component

11:25 Reinhard Schulte-Braucks from the European Commission outlines Sentinel-2’s role in the Copernicus programme

11:40 Michael Menking from Airbus Defence and Space describes industry’s involvement

11:55 ESA’s Francois Spoto and Heinz Sontag from Airbus DS talk about the development of Sentinel-2

12:15 Markus Probeck from GAF-AG highlights some of the Sentinel‑2 applications

12:30–13:00 Opportunity for questions, followed by a visit to the cleanroom to see the satellite

13:0–14:00 Buffet lunch and interview opportunities


For further information, please contact:

ESA Media Relations Office 

Tel: +33 1 53 69 72 99



Airbus Defence and Space

Mathias Pikelj

Tel: +49 7545 8 9123



Astrid Emerit

Tel: 0033686654502



Monika Peters

Tel: +49 89 6088 2030


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Sentinel-2A Media Day Tuesday, 24 February 2015, 11:00–14:00 CET
Einsteinstrasse 20

D-85521 Ottobrunn


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About the European Space Agency

The European Space Agency (ESA) provides Europe’s gateway to space.

ESA is an intergovernmental organisation, created in 1975, with the mission to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space delivers benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.

ESA has 20 Member States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, of whom 18 are Member States of the EU. Two other Member States of the EU, Hungary and Estonia, are likely soon to become new ESA Member States.

ESA has Cooperation Agreements with six other Member States of the EU. Canada takes part in some ESA programmes under a Cooperation Agreement.

ESA is also working with the EU on implementing the Galileo and Copernicus programmes.

By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, ESA can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country.

ESA develops the launchers, spacecraft and ground facilities needed to keep Europe at the forefront of global space activities.

Today, it develops and launches satellites for Earth observation, navigation, telecommunications and astronomy, sends probes to the far reaches of the Solar System and cooperates in the human exploration of space.

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For further information:
ESA Media Relations Office
Tel: +33 1 53 69 72 99