At the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) of the European Space Agency in Darmstadt, Germany, preparations are at their height for the launch of the Sentinel-2B satellite, part of the Copernicus European Earth Observation programme. The launch is scheduled for March 7 at 2:49 (Italian time) from Europe's Kourou spaceport in French Guiana.

Leonardo, one of the leading industrial partners in Copernicus, is working alongside ESA through its affiliate Telespazio VEGA Deutschland during these delicate phases before the launch into orbit of the programme's fifth environmental "sentinel". The satellite is designed to monitor our planet's health, providing high resolution optical images of vegetation, land, and water, as well as useful information in case of emergencies.

The engineers of Telespazio VEGA Deutschland, subsidiary of Telespazio, are working to support ESOC's Flight Control team, providing engineering services for the preparation, launch and control of the satellite. Telespazio VEGA Deutschland also provided a simulation service for training the personnel involved in the control of flight operations, and is responsible for developing tools necessary to exploit the data generated by the hyperspectral sensor (MSI) on board the satellite.

The role of Telespazio VEGA Deutschland will not end when the satellite is put into orbit: the company, which contributes to the development of the ground segment and operations of Copernicus, collaborates (through its subsidiaries e-GEOS, GAF and Telespazio UK) with emergency management, land and sea safety, and climate change monitoring, providing the programme with data from the Italian COSMO-SkyMed and IRS satellites

In particular, the e-GEOS Matera Space Centre is one of the three stations of the Copernicus Core Ground Segment, and it receives the radar and optical data acquired by the Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 missions.

About Telespazio VEGA Deutschland

Telespazio VEGA Deutschland, a Leonardo and Thales 67/33 joint venture, is one of the world’s leading operators in satellite services. Its activities range from the design and development of space systems to the management of launch services, from in-orbit satellite control to Earth observation, from integrated communications, satellite navigation and localisation services to scientific programmes. Telespazio VEGA Deutschland plays a leading role in the reference markets harnessing technological experience acquired over the years. Since its establishment, the company has participated in major European space programmes such as Galileo, EGNOS, Copernicus and COSMO-SkyMed. In 2015, Telespazio generated sales of EUR 632 million while employing approximately 2,500 people worldwide.

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Further Involvement

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Sentinel 3: Further involvement in Sentinel-3 mission secured

Satellite Operations

Ground Segment

Further Links

ESA Copernicus Website

European Space Operations Centre (ESOC)