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Sentinel-2 Acquisition Plans

The KML files available on this page provide detailed information about the planned Sentinel-2 acquisitions. See the archive for a full list of older KML files, dating back to November 2015. KML files available: Sentinel-2A 23 Sept – 11 Oct 2021 9 – 27 Sept 2021 26 Aug – 13 Sept 2021 12 – 30 Aug 2021 […]

Sentinel-2 Observation Scenario

The Sentinel-2 MSI observation scenario implements a pre-defined Sentinel High Level Observation Plan (HLOP), and is focused on delivering the observation requirements for the Copernicus services. The Sentinel HLOP can be found here. Observation Scenario For more information on the mission coverage please visit the Revisit and Coverage section of the User Guide. The Sentinel-2 mission systematically acquires data […]

Sentinel-2 Ground Segment

The ground segment is composed of the Core Ground Segment, the Collaborative Ground Segment and the Copernicus contributing missions’ ground segments. The core ground segment monitors and controls the SENTINEL spacecraft, ensures the measurement data acquisition, processing, archiving and dissemination to the final users. In addition, it is responsible for performing conflict-free mission planning according to a pre-defined […]

Sentinel-2 Satellite Description

Each SENTINEL-2 satellite weighs approximately 1.2 tonnes. SENTINEL-2A and SENTINEL-2B have both been launched with the European launcher VEGA.The satellite lifespan is 7.25 years, which includes a 3 month in-orbit commissioning phase. Batteries and propellants have been provided to accommodate 12 years of operations, including end of life de-orbiting manoeuvres. Two identical SENTINEL-2 satellites operate […]

Sentinel-2 Mission Objectives

The objectives for SENTINEL-2 are set out in the Mission Requirements Document. SENTINEL-2 mission objectives are to provide: systematic global acquisitions of high-resolution, multispectral images allied to a high revisit frequency continuity of multi-spectral imagery provided by the SPOT series of satellites and the USGS LANDSAT Thematic Mapper instrument observation data for the next generation of […]

Sentinel-2 Overview

SENTINEL-2 is a European wide-swath, high-resolution, multi-spectral imaging mission. The full mission specification of the twin satellites flying in the same orbit but phased at 180°, is designed to give a high revisit frequency of 5 days at the Equator. SENTINEL-2 carries an optical instrument payload that samples 13 spectral bands: four bands at 10 […]


The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission comprises a constellation of two polar-orbiting satellites placed in the same sun-synchronous orbit, phased at 180° to each other. It aims at monitoring variability in land surface conditions, and its wide swath width (290 km) and high revisit time (10 days at the equator with one satellite, and 5 days with […]