Earth Observation Mission News
Sentinel-1B launched to complete radar pair
25 April 2016
The second Sentinel-1 satellite – Sentinel-1B – was launched today to provide more ‘radar vision' for Europe's environmental Copernicus programme.
Sentinel-1B lifted off on a Soyuz rocket from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, at 21:02 GMT (23:02 CEST), separating from the rocket's Fregat upper stage 23 min 35 sec later.
Sentinel-1B joins its identical twin, Sentinel-1A, in orbit to deliver information for numerous services, from monitoring ice in polar seas to tracking land subsidence, and for responding to disasters such as floods.
Image credit: ESA - Sentinel-1B lifts off