Copernicus delivers first radar images

on 16 April 2014

The Sentinel-1A satellite has delivered the first radar images of the Earth, since it was launched from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana.

This first image showing Belgium was captured on 12 April, just one day after the satellite was put into its operational attitude, and demonstrates the potential of Sentinel-1A’s radar vision, offering a tantalising glimpse of the kind of operational imagery that this new mission will provide for Europe’s ambitious Copernicus environmental monitoring programme.

The European Commission leads the Copernicus programme and coordinates the broad range of services to improve the management of the environment and to safeguard everyday lives. The European Space Agency is responsible for developing the family of Sentinel satellites and for ensuring that the stream of data are available for these services. ROSA coordinates Romania’s involvement in the Copernicus programme.

For more information please visit the ESA website.

Main image: Bruselles, seen by Sentinel-1A. Credit: ESA.