First images from Sentinel-1

The first images from Sentinel-1 have been released and of the four images provided to highlight the new satellite capabilities, two of them are of the Antarctic. It is still early days and as ESA point out – “The satellite is not yet in its operational orbit, nor is it calibrated for supplying true data. These tasks will be carried out during the commissioning phase, which will take about three months to complete.” So these images are just a taster of what is to come later in the year.

For now have a look at the images below of Pine Island Glacier and part of the Antarctic Peninsula. More info on this release is available here, including the other images of Brussels and Namibia.

Antarctica_Peninsula_from_Sentinel-1A

Part of the northern Antarctic Peninsula as imaged by the new European Sentinel-1a SAR satellite. It was acquired in the satellite’s ‘strip map’ mode with a swath width of 80 km and in dual polarisation. The colours indicate how the land, ice and water reflect the radar signal differently.

The Pine Island and Thwaites Glaciers as seen by the new European Sentinel-1a SAR satellite.

The Pine Island and Thwaites Glaciers as seen by the new European Sentinel-1a SAR satellite. It was acquired in Interferometric Wide Swath’ mode with a swath width of 250 km and in single polarisation.

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Sentinel-1 launch success

Congratulations to ESA and everyone involved in the successful Sentinel-1 launch on 3 April 2014 . This new C-band SAR satellite is going to provide abundant new data to monitor the polar regions. The Polar View programme (www.polarview.aq) will be making extensive use of the images to provide timely information about sea ice in the Arctic and Antarctic. Data should start flowing in the next few months after the commissioning phase – we’ll keep you posted. But for now congratulations again to all involved and enjoy the launch video taken from onboard cameras.

Sentinel1 launch

The Sentinel-1satellite satellite lifted off on a Soyuz rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.