Europe launches sixth Sentinel Earth observation satellite

Rodiano Bonacci
Ottobre 13, 2017

The Sentinel-5P satellite of the European Space Agency (ESA) is scheduled to lift off aboard a Rockot launch vehicle at 5:27 a.m. EDT (0927 GMT) from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russian Federation.

At the heart of Sentinel-5P is Tropomi (short for Tropospheric Monitoring Instrument), which will map air quality along a swath 1,801 miles (2,900 kilometers) wide from an orbit 512 miles (824 km) above Earth.

The satellite-carried by a Rokot, derived from the former Soviet intercontinental ballistic missile-left behind billows of yellow smoke amid an autumnal landscape of boreal forest, footage showed.

The European Space Agency's Sentinel-5P satellite is hoisted up onto its Rocket launch vehicle at Russia's Plesetsk Cosmodrome ahead of a planned October 13, 2017, launch.

It will assess man-made emissions in more detail than ever before and is the 6th satellite to be launched as part of the "Copernicus" mission.

"Once operational, Sentinel-5P will map the global atmosphere every day with a resolution as high as 7 kilometres x 3.5 kilometres", the European Space Agency said this week.

Europe launched the sixth of its Sentinel Earth observation satellites on Friday as part of the multi-billion-euro Copernicus program to monitor volcanic ash and ultraviolet radiation.

By mapping areas stricken by flood or quake, Copernicus will also help emergency teams identify the worst-hit areas and locate passable roads, rail lines and bridges.

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