Arianespace has launched its new Sentinel-2B earth observation satellite into space from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana, on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA).
An Arianespace Vega rocket deployed the Sentinel-2B satellite into a Sun-synchronous orbit during the launch operation, which lasted approximately 58 minutes.
The newly launched satellite is part of the European Union’s Copernicus environmental monitoring system, and will provide continuous, independent and reliable Earth observation data to Europe.
The 1.1t satellite was built by an Airbus-led consortium of companies with support from French space agency CNES and German Aerospace Centre (DLR).
European Space Agency director General Jan Woerner said: “With this launch we are taking another step toward advancing the Copernicus programme, which is the most sophisticated Earth observation system in the world.
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