Laser link offers high-speed delivery28 November 2014
Laser link offers high-speed delivery28 November 2014 Marking a first in space, Sentinel-1A and Alphasat have linked up by laser stretching almost 36 000 km across space to deliver images of Earth just moments after they were captured.
Trial separation prepares for final release30 October 2014
Trial separation prepares for final release30 October 2014 Sentinel-2A is in the middle of an extensive testing programme to make sure this land-monitoring satellite is fit for launch next spring. As well as being shaken and stressed, engineers have also checked that it will separate from the rocket for its l...
Air quality under new scrutiny28 October 2014
Air quality under new scrutiny28 October 2014 As part of the preparations for the Sentinel-5 Precursor air-quality monitoring mission, scientists teamed up in Romania recently to test different airborne systems that will be used to ensure this new satellite delivers accurate measurements of pollu...
Copernicus Sentinel-1: making our seas safer22 October 2014
Copernicus Sentinel-1: making our seas safer22 October 2014 Within the first days of its operational life, the Sentinel-1A satellite has provided data for marine services in the Arctic.
Europe secures new generation of weather satellites16 October 2014
Europe secures new generation of weather satellites16 October 2014 Contracts were signed today to build three pairs of MetOp Second Generation satellites, ensuring the continuity of essential information for global weather forecasting and climate monitoring for decades to come.
Romania to shed new light on the atmosphere14 October 2014
Romania to shed new light on the atmosphere14 October 2014 Romania is leading the way in an ambitious project to build an instrument to detect and monitor tiny particles suspended in the air. The new ‘lidar’– the first of its kind in Europe – is set to contribute to ESA’s satellites that focus on the atmosphe...