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Sentinel-1: Radar mission

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Sentinel-1: Radar mission

In early April, Sentinel-1A will be launched from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana on a Soyuz launcher. The radar mission is the first of the Copernicus programme, providing an all-weather, day-and-night supply of imagery for Copernicus user services.

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Monitoring changing ice with Sentinel-1

Carrying an advanced radar, Sentinel-1 can image Earth's surface through cloud and rain and regardless of whether it is day or night. This makes it an ideal mission for monitoring the polar regions, which are shrouded in darkness for months at a time. As well as providing information on changing ice cover and glacial flows, Sentinel-1 will provide imagery of sea-ice for ships in polar waters. Sentinel-1 will also be used to track changes in the way land is used and to monitor ground movement. Moreover, this new mission is designed specifically for fast response to aid emergencies and disasters such as flooding and earthquakes. Sentinel-1, the first in the family of

satellites for Europe's environmental monitoring Copernicus programme, marks a new era in Earth observation - focusing on operational missions to support users for decades to come.

Credit: ESA/ATG medialab

Source: ESA - Space in Videos

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Prepping for radar vision

18 March 2014 Sentinel-1A, Europe’s first satellite for Copernicus, is almost ready for launch on 3 April. Meanwhile, ESA is showing how its advanced radar will map ice, monitor subsidence and much more.

Marking a new era in Earth observation focusing on operational applications, Sentinel-1A is set to deliver timely imagery for numerous Copernicus services.

Carrying an advanced radar, it will scan Earth’s surface no matter what the weather and regardless of whether it is day or night.

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