Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space awarded Sentinel 5 Precursor contract

Atmospheric chemistry satellite to ensure continuity of data for GMES

Airbus Defence and Space has been selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) as prime contractor for the high-performance Sentinel 5 Precursor satellite (S5p), a low-cost mission to monitor atmospheric chemistry.

S5p is part of the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security programme (GMES), a joint undertaking of the European Commission and the European Space Agency (ESA). GMES aims to supply geo-information products and services based on the use of images from space that will help European institutions and public authorities to fulfil their mission of safeguarding the civil population, managing risks, and protecting the environment.

Nitrogen oxide, October 2011 (© ESA)With a launch scheduled for early 2015 and a seven year lifetime, S5p will maintain the continuity of science data before the Sentinel-5 instrument becomes operational towards the end of this decade. The Sentinel 5 instrument is scheduled to fly on the MetOp Second Generation satellites.

This contract underscores Airbus Defence and Space’s long-standing expertise in Earth observation.

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