Sunrise at midnight

Editor’s note: This post was contributed by Dieter Pikulski, who won the Copernicus Masters GEO Illustration Challenge. Part of his prize was a trip to Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou to witness the launch of Sentinel-2B. If you...

Time to head home

With the Sentinel-2B satellite now safely in orbit around Earth, the team at Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou spent the weekend packing up to return to Europe. They have been there since the beginning of January and although...


Sentinel-2B liftoff replay

  Watch the replay of Sentinel-2B liftoff from Kourou.

Sentinel-2B on Vega Credit: ESA/ATG Medialablab)

Watch Sentinel-2B launch event live

Live from ESA’s Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany: follow the event to celebrate the launch of the second satellite for the Copernicus  ‘colour vision’ mission, Sentinel-2. The second in the two-satellite mission, Sentinel-2B, is set...

Payload Data Ground Segment GO for launch!

The Sentinel-2 Payload Data Ground Segment (PDGS) team had a pre-launch meeting at ESA’s Centre for Earth Observation (ESRIN) on 24 February. During the briefing, each team member declared the status of their specific system or area...

Carnival and training

With just a few days to go before Sentinel-2B is launched into orbit around Earth, activities at Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, have focussed mainly on the launcher – giving the team a little time to...

Sentinel-2B in the launch tower

Two weeks before liftoff, Sentinel-2B is in position high up in the launch tower at Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. On Saturday, the upper composite carrying the Sentinel-2B satellite was taken from the integration facility to...

#Sentinel2Go Credit: ESA & Remco!

Participant list nearly complete

During the open application period ending 1 February, we received some 275 valid applications from 47 countries on all continents (except Antarctica, of course).

Sentinel-2B sealed from view

The team at Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, have now said “au revoir” to the satellite they have spent years building and testing as it was encapsulated in the Vega rocket fairing. The fairing will not...

Sentinel-2 carries a high-resolution multispectral optical imager to monitor changes in vegetation for Europe's environmental monitoring Copernicus programme. Credit: ESA/AOES Medialab

Green for Sentinel-2B liftoff

All systems – the spacecraft, the launcher and the ground segment – and the teams are ready to support Sentinel-2B launch on 6 March, at 22:49 Kourou time.