Earth Observation Mission News
Air pollution monitoring Sentinel on show
20 July 2017
With Sentinel-5 Precursor about to be packed up and shipped to Russia for lift-off in late September, media representatives, members of the UK Space Agency and National Centre for Earth Observation had the chance to see this Copernicus air-pollution monitoring satellite standing proud in the cleanroom.
Sentinel-5 Precursor – also known as Sentinel-5P – is the first Copernicus mission dedicated to monitoring our atmosphere.
It has been built to map a multitude of trace gases such as nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide and methane that affect air quality.
The satellite will help to identify pollution hotspots where public health could be at risk. It will also contribute to services that warn of high levels of UV radiation, which can cause skin cancer, and volcanic ash monitoring for aviation safety.
Image credit: ESA / P. Sebirot - The Copernicus Sentinel-5 Precursor satellite on show at Airbus Defence and Space in Stevenage, UK, before it is packed up and shipped to the Plesetsk launch site.