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.