European Union launches Sentinel 1a satellite as part of the Copernicus project

The European Commission (EC) announced yesterday the launch of the first satellite dedicated to the European Union’s Earth Observation Programme. The programme, called Copernicus, plans to ensure the observation and monitoring of the atmosphere, oceans and continental surfaces, in addition to providing information that can be used in environmental and security decisions.

“The data provided by the satellite will enable considerable progress in improving maritime safety, monitoring of climate change and to provide support in emergencies and crisis,” Said Antonio Tajani, the EC’s vice-president. The Sentinel 1A satellite went into orbit after being launched from the European spaceport in Kourou in the French Guiana at 23:02 and is the first of a group of six missions of satellites to be launched between 2014 and 2021.