Creating a more sustainable life on Earth
By providing experts with accurate data about the weather, the climate and the health of our planet, they can better prepare for storms; understand the impact of climate change; devise plans to protect and optimise the use of natural resources; and protect at-risk populations.
The Sentinel family of satellites, developed on behalf of the European Space Agency within the scope of the European Commission’s Copernicus program, spearheads Europe’s environmental monitoring efforts. Sentinel-1 monitors land and sea in all-weather conditions, day or night, thanks to its radar capabilities. Sentinel-2 and -3 acquire optical imagery at high resolution over land and coastal waters. The Sentinel-4 and -5 are dedicated to meteorology and climatology missions and Sentinel-6 monitors the global ocean. Thales Alenia Space is prime for Sentinel-1 and -3, in charge of the Sentinel-2 image ground segment, contributes to the imager-spectrometer on Sentinel-5P and the Poseidon-4 radar altimeter for Sentinel-6.
The company is also involved in five of the six new Copernicus Expansion missions, three as prime - CIMR, ROSE-L and CHIME - and will supply payloads for two other missions - CO2M and CRISTAL. These new satellites will be used to measure carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere from human activity, check the thickness of ice fields and the snow covering it, support advanced new services for the sustainable management of agriculture and biodiversity, observe the temperature and salinity of sea surfaces, as well as the density of ice fields, and bolster land monitoring and emergency management services.
The UK is a global leader in the way satellites and satellite data is used to monitor the Earth from space to better understand and tackle climate change. At Thales Alenia Space in the UK, we are contributing to two important European climate missions:
MicroCarb, a joint UK and French mission and the first European mission designed to accurately measure the amount of sources and sinks of carbon dioxide and CO2Mission is part of the Copernicus programme that will measure human–induced atmospheric carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
The Sentinel family of satellites, developed on behalf of the European Space Agency within the scope of the European Commission’s Copernicus program, spearheads Europe’s environmental monitoring efforts.