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: http://www.esa.int/spaceinvideos/Videos/2014/04/Sentinel-1A_liftoff
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): http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-357_en.htm?locale=en
Sentinel-1A liftoff (C)ESA, 2014 URL