Earth Observation Mission News
Sentinel-2B poised for liftoff
02 March 2017
With liftoff just a few days away, the next Sentinel satellite for the Copernicus environmental monitoring programme is positioned in the launch tower at Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
Carrying a multispectral camera to image Earth's changing land and vegetation, Sentinel-2B is set for launch on 07 March at 01:49 GMT (02:49 CET; 22:49 local time on 06 March).
It will join its twin, Sentinel-2A, which has been in orbit since June 2015. With them circling on opposite sides of Earth and each providing 290 km-wide coverage, the time it takes to image the globe will be cut in half to five days, and to just three days over Europe.
Image credit: CNES - Sentinel-2B in launch tower