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New Radar Satellite Launch Starts New Era of Earth Observation

New Radar Satellite Launch Starts New Era of Earth Observation

A few academics from the department were invited to mission control in Germany to watch the launch of the first of a suite of earth observation satellites as part of the European Space Agency‘s flagship Copernicus program. Sentinel-1a, launched yesterday, will be the first dedicated satellite to produce around-the-clock radar images of the whole world. CGS academics,

Tim Wright and co-workers will use these images to produce high resolution maps of ground movement around the world’s hazardous tectonics belts. The Sentinel satellites will provide the most accurate and detailed ‘health-check’ for our planet including its biomass, air quality, sea level changes, natural hazards, temperature and other key features.

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More information:
[1] http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Observing_the_Earth
[2] http://comet.nerc.ac.uk/current_research_look_inside.html

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