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Contracts awarded for development of six new Copernicus missions

on 07 July 2020

ESA’s industrial policy committee has approved contracts totalling €2.55 billion to forward the development of six new Copernicus satellite missions. 

The approval provides the green light to start industrial contracts for the six missions. However, important milestones need to be met before the missions can be fully developed.

The six high-priority candidate missions will expand the current capabilities of the Sentinels and address EU policy priorities and gaps in Copernicus user needs, by providing:

  • Information on atmospheric carbon dioxide produced by human activity
  • Detailed information for sustainable agricultural and biodiversity management
  • Observations of sea-surface temperature, sea-ice concentration and sea-surface salinity
  • Monitoring of sea-ice thickness and overlying snow depth
  • Observations of land-surface temperature for sustainable agriculture and drought prediction
  • Information for forest management and monitoring of subsidence and soil moisture

The new industrial contracts now kick off the key design phases (Phase B) for these six missions.

More information about this topic can be found at this link.

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