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N° 38–2015: Call for Media: The last chance to see Sentinel-3

9 October 2015

ESA, the European Commission, Eumetsat and Thales Alenia Space are inviting media to view the completed Sentinel 3A satellite in Cannes, France, on 15 October.

Before Sentinel-3A is packed up and shipped to Russia for launch, media have the opportunity to see this state-of-the-art satellite in the cleanroom. Project managers and specialists will explain how it is set to mark a new chapter in our ability to measure sea-surface topography, sea and land-surface temperature, and ocean and land-surface colour, in support of ocean and weather forecasting systems.

Over land, this innovative mission will map the way land is used, study vegetation and measure the heights of rivers and lakes. In addition, it will detect and monitor wildfires.

Sentinel-3A is the third satellite to be launched for Europe's Copernicus environmental monitoring programme.

An industrial consortium led by prime contractor Thales Alenia Space built the satellite.

Sentinel-3A will be launched in December on a Rockot from Plesetsk in Russia.

The 15 October press event and visit to the cleanroom will include briefings by experts from ESA, the European Commission, Eumetsat and Thales Alenia Space.


10:30- TAS welcome
Donato Amoroso, Chief Executive Officer, TAS-I
Deputy Chief Executive Officer, TAS

10:45- Copernicus programme
Andras Roboz, Policy officer, DG Grow, EC

11:00- Copernicus Space Component
Prof. Volker Liebig, Director of Earth Observation Programmes, ESA

11:15-11:45- Sentinel-3 programme development and operations by ESA
Bruno Berruti, Sentinel-3 Project Manager , ESA
Susanne Mecklenburg, Sentinel-3 Mission Manager, ESA
Yvan Baillion, Sentinel-3 Project Manager, TAS

11:45-12:00- Eumetsat: Role in Sentinel-3
Clemens Kaiser, Director of Programme Development, EUMETSAT

- Interview opportunities -

- Visit to the cleanroom-

13:30- Buffet lunch-

14:30- End of event-

Accreditation form

Media interested in joining the event should email by Monday, 12 October 2015 at the latest, providing the following information: first name, surname, media, address, telephone and email as well as nationality, passport number, issue date and end date.

A valid ID-Card or Passport is required to enter the event.

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 21 Member States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, of whom 19 are Member States of the EU.

One other Member State of the EU, Hungary, has signed the Accession Agreement to the ESA Convention and, upon ratification, will soon become the 22nd ESA Member State.

ESA has established formal cooperation with seven 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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