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Arianespace Wins Launch Contract for Sentinel 1B Satellite

By Caleb Henry | July 21, 2014
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      Sentinel 1A launch aboard a Soyuz. Photo: Arianespace

      [Via Satellite 07-21-2014] Arianespace has signed a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) to launch Sentinel 1B, the second radar satellite in the Copernicus program. The launch is planned for 2016 using a Soyuz rocket and will deliver the satellite into a sun-synchronous orbit.

      Sentinel is a joint environmental monitoring program between the European Union and ESA. Sentinel 1B is a C-band radar satellite identical to its predecessor, Sentinel 1A, which was also launched by Arianespace aboard a Soyuz rocket. Built by Thales Alenia Space, the 2,300 kg spacecraft will increase the capacity available for space-based environmental and security monitoring.