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Successful launch of Sentinel 1A from Kourou

The Sentinel-1A spacecraft has been successfully launched aboard a Soyuz rocket from ESA's Kourou Space Centre in French Guyana.

Sentinel-1A carries a C-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), and will operate in a sun-synchronous orbit at 693km. It will have multiple uses, but for storm surges the most relevant are flood mapping and marine wave and winds.

It is the first mission in the European Copernicus programme, and will be followed by Sentinel-2 (Optical mission) and Sentinel-3 (Ocean mapping). There will be a pair of spacecraft for each of Sentinels 1, 2 and 3, giving better ground coverage as well as redundancy. There are also Sentinels 4 and 5, which will be carried as specific payloads aboard EUMETSAT missions.

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