European environmental observer launched by Russian rocket
Photos: Sentinel 3B satellite prepared for launch from Plesetsk Cosmodrome
Live coverage: Europe’s next environmental sentinel lifts off
A European environmental satellite designed to monitor Earth’s oceans, lakes and vegetation lifted off Wednesday aboard a modified Russian ballistic missile originally built to carry nuclear warheads. The mission launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome around 500 miles north of Moscow at 1757:51 GMT (1:57:51 p.m. EDT).
Q&A with Josef Aschbacher, director of ESA’s Earth observation programs (members only)
Josef Aschbacher, head of ESA’s Earth observation programs, recently spoke with Spaceflight Now about the importance of the Sentinel 5P satellite mission designed for air quality measurements from space, and discussed increasing data usage from Europe’s Copernicus environmental network, and plans to expand the flagship Earth observation fleet.