Congratulations to the European Commission and European Space Agency (ESA) for the successful launch of Sentinel-1B on April 25th, 2016 from Kourou in French Guiana.
Part of the European Union’s Copernicus Programme, Sentinel-1B joins its identical sister satellite (Sentinel-1A) in orbit to optimise revisit times and global coverage. Both Sentinel-1A and 1B carry an advanced radar instrument to image Earth’s surface through cloud and rain, day or night.
Potential applications include Arctic sea-ice extent monitoring, routine sea-ice mapping, surveillance of the marine enviornment, oil-spill monitoring, forest mapping, water and soil management, and more.
Learn more on ESA’s Sentinel-1 webpage.
Source: the ESA EO Launch Campaigns Blog