The European Space Agency has purchased a second Sentinel-2 for Europe’s Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) network. Worth €105 million ($140 million), the spacecraft will provide continuity with Sentinel-2A, ordered in 2008. The two 1.1-metric-ton units—to be launched in 2013 and 2015, respectively, to provide imagery of the Earth’s land mass—are each designed to operate for a minimum of 7.25 years, with a further five-year extension if required, ensuring a steady stream ...

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