With four days to liftoff, the next sentinel satellite for copernicus is now on the launch pad at the Plesetsk cosmodrome in northern Russia.

Once operational,Sentinel-3A  will systematically measure Earth’s oceans, land,ice, and atmosphere with a suite of cutting-edge instruments. This mission will deliver data within  three hours of sensing, 24 hours a day,365 days a year. While these data will be fed primarily into the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service, all the Copernicus services will benefit to produce knowledge and information products in near-real time for a wide range of applications.

Sentinel-3A is essential for applications for ocean and coastal monitoring, numerical weather and ocean prediction, sea-level change and sea-surface topography monitoring, ocean primary production estimation and land-cover change mapping.




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