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Sentinel-3A shows off

15 October 2015

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Before the latest satellite for Copernicus is packed up and shipped to the Plesetsk cosmodrome in Russia for launch at the end of the year, the media and specialists were given the chance to see this next-generation mission centre-stage in the cleanroom.

Carrying a suite of state-of-the-art instruments, Sentinel-3 is set to play a key role in the world's largest environmental monitoring programme - Copernicus.

The event was hosted by Thales Alenia Space in Cannes, France, where engineers have spent the last few years building and testing Sentinel-3A.

Thales' Sentinel-3 project manager, Yvan Baillion, said, "After eight years of development, integration and testing with more than 100 companies involved, it is wonderful to see this complex satellite standing proud and ready to be shipped off to the launch site."

"Sentinel-3A's multi-instrument payload, covering both optical and microwave measurements and serving a wide range of practical applications, is going to be the workhorse for Copernicus," added Bruno Berruti, ESA's project manager.

Source: European Space Agency (ESA)

Image credit: ESA-Stephane Corvaja, 2015 - Sentinel-3A in Thales cleanroom

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