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Earth observation: Copernicus satellite successfully launched

EU News 147/2014

Brussels, 3 April 2014

The European Commission confirmed the launch of Sentinel 1A, the first satellite dedicated to Copernicus, today from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. The launch can be viewed here:

Copernicus, the EU's Earth Observation Programme, will ensure the regular observation and monitoring of Earth sub-systems, the atmosphere, oceans, and continental surfaces, and will provide reliable, validated and guaranteed information in support of a broad range of environmental and security applications and decisions (MEMO/14/251). This launch marks a major milestone for Copernicus. Dedicated earth observation data will become available for operational services immediately.

Original press release (IP/14/357):

Sentinel-1A liftoff (C)ESA, 2014 URL