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Sentinel-2 optical high resolution mission for GMES land operational services
Author(s): Ferran Gascon; Philippe Martimort; François Spoto
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Paper Abstract

In the framework of the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) programme, the European Space Agency (ESA) in partnership with the European Union (EU) is developing the Sentinel-2 optical imaging mission devoted to the operational monitoring of land and coastal areas. The Sentinel-2 mission is based on a twin satellites configuration deployed in polar sun-synchronous orbit and designed to offer a unique combination of systematic global coverage, high revisit (five days at equator with two satellites) and high spatial resolution imagery (10/20/60m). The Multispectral instrument features 13 spectral bands, going from visible to short wave infrared domains. The instrument is designed to provide in orbit calibration, excellent radiometric and geometric performance, and with a capability to support accurate image geolocation and co-registration. The Sentinel-2 mission is more particularly tailored to the monitoring of land terrains, including vegetation and urban areas. Sentinel-2 will ensure data continuity with the SPOT and Landsat multi-spectral sensors, while accounting for future service evolution.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 September 2009
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 7474, Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites XIII, 747404 (22 September 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.830670
Show Author Affiliations
Ferran Gascon, European Space Agency (Netherlands)
Philippe Martimort, European Space Agency (Netherlands)
François Spoto, European Space Agency (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7474:
Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites XIII
Roland Meynart; Steven P. Neeck; Haruhisa Shimoda, Editor(s)

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