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10.09.2020. Sentinel-1C radar antenna has spread its wings for the first time

Fixed to a special device, simulating zero gravity conditions, the 12.3 metre wide and 860 kg SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) radar antenna of the Copernicus Sentinel-1C satellite has successfully spread its wings at the Airbus Integrated Technology Centre in Friedrichshafen (Germany) for the first time. 


 The Sentinel-1C satellite equipped with the SAR Instrument (C-band radar) will provide radar images of the entire Earth’s surface as part of the Copernicus programme.These radar images will be used across many areas of Earth observation including monitoring Arctic sea-ice, routine sea-ice mapping, surveillance of the marine environment, monitoring land-surface for motion risks, forest mapping, water and soil management, and to disaster monitoring. Copernicus Sentinel-1C is set for launch in 2022.  

Pic.1 Sentinel-1C at the Airbus Integrated Technology Centre in Friedrichshafen (Germany)