Hey remote sensing enthusiasts!
It’s been about one week since the start of the second Sentinel-2 satellite. ESA anncounced today very proudly that Sentinel-2B already delivered it’s first images starting somewhere over the baltic sea, going over eastern europe and ending in Lybia. Here a snapshot from the coast of Albania:
“Sentinel-2B will be one of the workhorses of Copernicus, as it will enable a whole range of applications with a focus on land,” said Josef Aschbacher, Director of ESA’s Earth Observation Programmes.
“With the second Sentinel-2 satellite in orbit, we now have much better coverage – which is especially important for monitoring areas frequently covered by clouds.” – More information here.
The commissioning phase where Sentinel-2B is being calibrated will probably end in three months (sometime around June). Then this satellite constellation will be fully functioning and deliver high resolution (10m) images with a high revisiting time (5-10days).