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.

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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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