Copernicus observation program

  • Copernicus observation program is the world’s largest earth observation programme.
  • It is directed by the European Commission in partnership with ESA.
  • It consists of constellation of seven Sentinel Earth observation satellites.
  • The first satellite of the series was launched in April 2014.
  • It aims at achieving a global, continuous, autonomous, high quality, wide range Earth observation capacity by providing accurate, timely and easily accessible information.
  • It also aims at improving the management of the environment, understand and mitigate the effects of climate change, and ensure civil security.
  • Copernicus observation program is successor of previous European Envisat program which operated from 2002 to 2012.

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