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17.05.2018 07:56 Age: 4 yrs

[Sentinel-3B] Already starting Calval activities on all instruments

Category: News of the other missions


The second Copernicus Sentinel-3 satellite, Sentinel-3B, lifted off on a Rockot from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia at 17:57 GMT (19:57 CEST) on 25 April 2018. It will join its twin Sentinel-3A, in orbit since 2016, for a tandem phase of four months which will start at the beginning of June. Both Sentinels will fly just 223 km apart, which means that Sentinel-3B will be a mere 30 seconds behind Sentinel-3A. After this, Sentinel-3B will be moved apart on the same orbit to a wider separation (140°).

Both ESA-developed Copernicus satellites carry four Earth-observing instruments to measure oceans, land, ice and atmosphere:

  • Ocean and Land Colour Instrument (OLCI),
  • Sea and Land Surface Temperature Radiometer (SLSTR), 
  • SAR Radar Altimeter (SRAL), 
  • MicroWave Radiometer (MWR), 

and instruments fo Precise Orbit Determination (POD) including:

  • DORIS receiver (Doppler Orbitography and Radiopositioning Integrated by Satellite)
  • GNSS receiver (Global Navigation Satellite System)
  • LRR (Laser Retro Reflector)

All instruments have been progressively switched on, in particular :
DORIS on May 1st at 10:30:00 UTC
MWR (radiometer) on May 7th at  09:48:00 UTC
SRAL (altimeter) on May 8th at 06:02:05 UTC

CalVal activites are already ongoing with a strong implication of CNES, CLS and Noveltis team.

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