Earth Imaging Journal: Remote Sensing, Satellite Images, Satellite Imagery
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This image of the Sentinel-2A satellite depicts the swath and capture of the 13 spectral bands that will be collected.

The European Space Agency (ESA) announced its Sentinel-2A Earth observation satellite has completed testing and is preparing for launch on June 12, 2015. The agency plans to launch two of the optical Earth observation satellites, with a revisit every five days at the equator and every 2-3 days at mid-latitude. The imagery will be collected in the visible, near infrared and shortwave bands, enhancing the continuity of both SPOT and Landsat data types.

The imagery will be collected at a 290 km swath width and is comprised of 13 spectral bands:

  • 4 bands at 10-meter resolution
  • 6 bands at 20-meter resolution
  • 3 bands at 60-meter resolution

The mission is tailored for land management, agriculture, forests, disaster control and humanitarian relief missions. The color vision and rapid refresh rates are new ESA capabilities.

“Sentinel-2 is relevant for key societal challenges, like food security for a growing population and climate change,” said Volker Liebig, director of ESA’s Earth Observation programmes.

The satellite is on its way to Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

This video provides a close-up view of the Sentinel-2 satellite:

This video shows the swath and the 13 spectral bands that will be collected:

 

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