One year after the successful launch of the first Copernicus satellite, a second satellite (“Sentinel 2”) will be sent into orbit on Tuesday 23 June from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana (launch currently scheduled for 03:53 CET). Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for Internal market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs said: “Today’s success is not only an achievement for European space policy. Above all, it will benefit citizens down here on Earth. Copernicus provides more precise and reliable information about our environment and European citizen’s security. And the availability of full, free and open satellite observation data is already today allowing innovative entrepreneurs to create new applications and services in Europe.” The launch brings us further in our path in creating a new world standard for Earth observation data that helps us in tackling environmental disasters, improving land use for agriculture and forestry and responding to emergency situations. More information here.
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