First image from Sentinel-2A: Northwest Italy and southern France (Credits: Copernicus data (2015)/ESA)

Sentinel-2 delivers first images

Just four days after launch, Sentinel-2A delivered its first images of Earth. With a swath width of 290 km, the satellite’s first acquisition began in Sweden and made a strip-like observation through central Europe and the Mediterranean, ending...

Winning picture of the Sentinel-2 competition (M.A. Richardson)

Photo contest winner recalls Sentinel-2A launch

Winner of the ‘Colour vision’ photo competition, Michael Angelo Richardson from the Netherlands, tells us about his trip to ESA’s operations centre in Darmstadt, Germany, to watch the launch of Sentinel-2A. After winning ESA’s photo competition I...

Liftoff of Vega VV05 carrying Sentinel-2A. (ESA–M. Pedoussaut, 2015)

Second Copernicus environmental satellite safely in orb...

ESA PR N° 21–2015: The ESA-developed Sentinel satellite – Sentinel-2A – was launched today, adding a high-resolution optical imaging capability to the European Union Copernicus environmental monitoring system. The 1.1 tonne satellite was carried on a Vega...

Liftoff replay

Sentinel-2 liftoff replay

Watch the replay of Sentinel-2A lift off from Kourou:

Weather variable today in Kourou. Photo shows Ariane 5 mock-up at site. (ESA)

Sentinel-2A good for launch tonight

With fuelling of the launcher’s AVUM upper stage completed on Thursday and the launch rehearsed on Friday, all is ready for liftoff tonight set for 03:52 CEST (22:52 local time on 22 June). The men and women...

Flight Dynamics team at ESOC Credit: ESA/J. Mai

Sentinel-2 launch timeline

About 55 minutes after lift-off, Sentinel-2A will separate from Vega's AVUM upper stage and soar free into orbit, marking the start of the critical Launch and Early Orbit Phase.

PDGS team (ESA)

Payload data ground segment go for launch!

The Payload Data Segment (PDGS) team had a pre-launch meeting yesterday at ESA’s Centre for Earth Observation (ESRIN), after which the complete team gathered for a photo, including one little extra guest! During the briefing, each team...

In the gantry. (ESA–M. Pedoussaut)

Sentinel-2A poised

With less than a week to liftoff, the next Sentinel satellite for the Copernicus environmental monitoring programme is now in position high up in the launch tower at Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. The Vega rocket’s...