Copernicus Program: Telescope Next to ESA to Launch Satellite Sentinel-2B

(To Telespazio)

The European Space Operations Center (ESOC) of the European Space Agency in Darmstadt, Germany, has taken part in the preparations for launching the Sentinel-2B satellite of the European Earth Observation Program Copernicus, scheduled for the next 7 March at 2.49 (Italian time) from the European spaceport of Kourou in French Guyana.

Through the participated Telespazio, Leonardo, one of the main industrial partners of Copernicus, is alongside ESA in these delicate phases that precede the orbit of the fifth environmental "program sentinel" to monitor the health of our planet by providing high-resolution optical images of vegetation, territory and water , as well as useful information in case of emergencies.

Telespazio's Telespazio VEGA Deutschland engineers are in fact working to support the Flight Control team of the ESOC by providing engineering services for satellite preparation, launch and control. Telespazio VEGA Deutschland also provided a simulation service for the training of personnel involved in flight control operations and is responsible for the development of some tools needed to exploit the data produced by the hyperspectral sensor (MSI) on board the satellite.

The role of Telespazio will not end with satellite orbiting: the company, which contributes to the development of the ground segment and Copernicus operations, cooperates (through the subsidiaries e-GEOS, GAF and Telespazio VEGA UK) emergency management, land and maritime security and monitoring of climate change, providing the program with the COSMO satellite dataSkyMed and IRS.

In particular, the Matera Space Center of e-GEOS is one of the three stations of the Copernicus Core Ground Segment and receives the radar and optical data acquired from the missions Sentinel-1 e Sentinel-2.