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Sentinel-1 First Images and Demonstration of Applications Published on: 30/04/2014, Last update: 16/06/2015

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Event date: 08/05/2014
Location: Auditorium of the Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry
Avenue d’Auderghem 45 - 1040 Brussels - (Belgium)
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Launched on 3 April 2014, Sentinel-1A, the first satellite of the Copernicus constellation, has already delivered its first radar images of Earth, demonstrating the vital role it will play in the largest civil Earth observation programme ever conceived.

The event will provide participants with a unique opportunity to gather insights on the potential of the Sentinel-1 mission for a wide range of applications.

European experts will explain how the powerful "synthetic aperture radar" of Sentinel-1A will support various application domains such as monitoring sea ice and the arctic environment; survey marine oil-spills; detect ships in coastal zones for maritime security; monitoring and map land surfaces including forest, water and soil, as well as ground motion. It will also contribute to climate monitoring, as well as provide support in emergency and crisis situations.

The event will be concluded with a Q&A session.

Journalists willing to attend this event, should send an email with their contact details to


09:30 – Opening and overview of the Copernicus programme by representatives from the European Commission, including Philippe Brunet, Director of Aerospace, Maritime, Security and Defence Industries

09:45 – Copernicus Space Component and Sentinel-1 Mission update by Volker Liebig, Director of ESA’s Earth Observation programmes, followed by a presentation of the first images

10:00 – Scientists and experts provide an overview of how Sentinel-1 radar data will be used, including applications for maritime surveillance, disaster support, land cover and sea ice monitoring

11:05 – Overview on how to access Sentinel-1 data by Pier Bargellini from ESA’s Ground Segment and Mission Operations Department in the Earth Observation programmes

11:10 – Q+A session