Arianespace to launch Sentinel-1A observation satellite for GMES program
The European Space Agency (ESA) and Arianespace announced today that they have signed a launch Service & Solutions contract for the Sentinel-1A satellite as part of the European program GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security).
The satellite is scheduled for launch in December 2012 by a Soyuz rocket from the Guiana Space Center, Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana.
Sentinel-1A is an Earth observation satellite with a C-band synthetic aperture radar (SAR) type sensor. It will be placed in Sun-synchronous circular orbit at an altitude of approximately 690 kilometers.
Operating within the scope of the European GMES program, Sentinel-1A will meet upcoming environmental management needs.
Sentinel-1A is now being developed and will be integrated by Thales Alenia Space Italy. It will weigh approximately 2,300 kg at launch.
Since the beginning of the year, Arianespace has signed 11 launch contracts for geostationary satellites, and seven contracts for dedicated Soyuz missions.
Arianespace is the world’s leading launch Service & Solutions company, providing innovation to its customers since 1980. Backed by 24 shareholders and the European Space Agency, Arianespace offers an unrivalled family of launchers, comprising Ariane 5, Soyuz and Vega, and an international workforce renowned for a culture of commitment and excellence. As of 15 December 2010, Arianespace had launched with Ariane launchers a total of 287 payloads, including more than half of all the commercial satellites now in service worldwide. It has a backlog of 21 Ariane 5 and 18 Soyuz launches, equal to more than three years of business.