Copernicus Sentinel-3B, was efficiently positioned in orbit on a Rockot launcher on 25th April, becoming a member of its similar twin, Sentinel-3A.
The second Sentinel-Three satellite, Sentinel-3B, has been efficiently positioned in orbit, becoming a member of its similar twin Sentinel-3A. This pairing of satellites will increase protection and information supply for the European Union’s Copernicus atmosphere programme.
The 1150kg Sentinel-3B satellite — constructed by Thales Alenia Space for the European Space Agency (ESA) — was carried into its deliberate orbit on a Rockot launcher from Plesetsk, Russia, at 17:57 GMT on 25th April.
Controllers at the moment are checking that each one the satellite’s methods are working and starting to calibrate the devices to fee the satellite. The mission is predicted to start routine operations after 5 months.
With this seventh Sentinel launch, the primary set of Sentinel missions for the European Union’s Copernicus environmental monitoring community are in orbit, carrying a variety of applied sciences to watch Earth’s land, oceans and environment. The Sentinel-Three payload consists of:
Two optical devices: OLCI (Ocean and Land Color Instrument) and SLSTR (Sea and Land Surface Temperature Radiometer)
Two RF (radio-frequency) devices: SRAL (Synthetic-aperture Radar ALtimeter), and MWR (Microwave Radiometer), which is able to present measurements to find out the topography of oceans, sea ice and our bodies of water on land.
Over oceans, the satellites measure the temperature and color of the ocean floor, in addition to sea ranges and the thickness of sea ice. These measurements are used, for instance, to watch modifications in Earth’s local weather and for functions akin to marine air pollution.
Over land, the satellites monitor wildfires, map the best way land is used, examine vegetation well being and measure water ranges in rivers and lakes.