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Launch of sentinal-1A @ Kourou, French Guiana

Successfull launch of the first Sentinel satellite

On the 3rd April 2014, the first satellite of the Sentinel series of environmental satellite "Sentinel-1A", was successfully  launched from the ESA spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

Sentinel-1A is the first of a two satellite constellation which will provide C-band all weather day and night imagery. 

Future members of the sentinel series, such as the optical satellite constellation Sentinel-2 (due for launch in 2015) will bring new opportunities for the exploitation of the SENSUM products by the provision of their high resolution images.

    

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A novel sampling framework will be developed that guides the in-situ data collection and integration process. Novel in-situ data collection tools (e.g. omni-directional imaging) will be included. Advanced analysis and processing of current and future space-based products will enhance the approach. Uncertainties will be fully considered. Soon-to-be-released space products such as DLR Global Urban Footprint will be validated and their integration with the proposed methodologies explored. Data needs for post-disaster recovery will be addressed within the same framework, resulting in a comprehensive methodological solution to the monitoring of time-varying indicators at multiple spatial scales throughout the disaster cycle.

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