The European Space Agency (ESA) successfully launches Sentinel 1B, the second of two satellites designed to map the earth and research climate change. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
NATURAL ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The European Space Agency (ESA) successfully launched the second of two satellites on Monday designed to vastly improve monitoring of the environment in order to help research climate change. The Sentinel-1B satellite was launched on a Russian Soyuz rocket from French Guiana. The first Sentinel satellite went into orbit in April 2014. Together, the satellites will use advanced radar systems to provide around the clock imagery of the Earth's surface, according to an ESA press release. The satellites will orbit 180 degrees apart and map the globe every six days, the ESA says. According to the ESA, some of the benefits of the mission include monitoring Arctic sea ice, oil spills, and forests. The Sentinel mission is part of Copernicus, the ESA's program for developing an autonomous Earth observation capacity.