Sentinel-3B

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Satellite characteristics

Launch Date - End 25 april 2018 -

Status Operational

Orbit type Polar, sun-synchronous

Altitude 814.5

Orbit inclination 98.65

Equatorial crossing time 10:00:00

Orbit period 101

Satellite family: Sentinel missions

ESA is developing a new family of missions called Sentinels specifically for the operational needs of the Copernicus programme.

Each Sentinel mission is based on a constellation of two satellites to fulfil revisit and coverage requirements, providing robust datasets for Copernicus Services.

These missions carry a range of technologies, such as radar and multi-spectral imaging instruments for land, ocean and atmospheric monitoring:

  • Sentinel-1 is a polar-orbiting, all-weather, day-and-night radar imaging mission for land and ocean services. Sentinel-1A was launched on 3 April 2014 and Sentinel-1B on 25 April 2016. Both were taken into orbit on a Soyuz rocket from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana.
     
  • Sentinel-2 is a polar-orbiting, multispectral high-resolution imaging mission for land monitoring to provide, for example, imagery of vegetation, soil and water cover, inland waterways and coastal areas. Sentinel-2 can also deliver information for emergency services. Sentinel-2A was launched on 23 June 2015 and Sentinel-2B followed on 7 March 2017.
     
  • Sentinel-3 is a multi-instrument mission to measure sea-surface topography, sea- and land-surface temperature, ocean colour and land colour with high-end accuracy and reliability. The mission will support ocean forecasting systems, as well as environmental and climate monitoring. Sentinel-3A was launched on 16 February 2016.
     
  • Sentinel-4 is a payload devoted to atmospheric monitoring that will be embarked upon a Meteosat Third Generation-Sounder (MTG-S) satellite in geostationary orbit.
     
  • Sentinel-5 is a payload that will monitor the atmosphere from polar orbit aboard a MetOp Second Generation satellite.

More information: Sentinel online

 

Sensor characteristics

Sensor name MRW (Microwave Radiometer)
Sensor short description
Sensor type Imaging radiometer (passive microwave)
Resolution class Very Low (> 1 km)
Swath width (at nadir) 20 km
Sensor name OLCI (Ocean and Land Colour Instrument)
Sensor short description
Sensor type Imaging radiometer (Vis/IR)
Resolution class Medium (30 - 300 m)
Swath width (at nadir) 1270 km
Revisit frequency 2 dagen
Sensor name SLSTR (Sea and Land Surface Temperature Radiometer)
Sensor short description
Sensor type Imaging radiometer (Vis/IR)
Resolution class Low (300 m - 1 km)
Swath width (at nadir) 1400 km
Sensor name SRAL (Sentinel-3 Ku/C Radar Altimeter)
Sensor short description
Sensor type Radar altimeter
Resolution class Low (300 m - 1 km)