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Under-secretary of State Dorothee Baer visits Sentinel 2A in Ottobrunn

On 22 October the German Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, MP Dorothee Baer, visited IABG in Ottobrunn.

The intention of the visit was to learn more about the series of environmental tests of the Sentinel-2A satellite which has been built by Airbus Defence and Space. Ms. Baer met also Gunn Schweickert, the Airbus DS leading engineer for the test campaign and Angelika Bals, Airbus DS engineer responsible for the engineering of the solar generators. The Under-Secretary of State exchanged with both ladies on their opportunities in Airbus DS which has been certified as family friendly company in 2013

In the coming weeks, Sentinel-2A satellite will undergo these tests to determine its suitability for use in space. In the course of the European Commission’s Copernicus program the Sentinel-2 satellites will be able to capture images of our planet’s entire land surface in just five days in a systematic manner. They will deliver optical images from the visible-near infrared to short-wave infrared range of the electromagnetic spectrum using a total of 13 spectral bands with a resolution of 10, 20 or 60 meters and a swath width of 290 km and will be used mainly in the areas of land use, soil sealing, land management, forest monitoring, natural disasters (floods, forest fires, landslides, erosion) and humanitarian aid. Sentinel-2A is scheduled to launch in 2015; Sentinel-2B, which is identical in design, is set to follow in 2016.

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