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More Open Data thanks to launch of a new Copernicus satellite

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Successful launch of a new Copernicus satellite

The latest Copernicus satellite (Sentinel-2B) was successfully launched on 7 March from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana. Thanks to this new satellite, more Open Data will be available to develop innovative services, providing faster access to more precise land and sea maps.

Copernicus - Europe's Earth observation programme - can now build up an image covering the entire planet in just 5 days, cutting the time needed to image the globe by half. The latest addition to the Copernicus satellite Earth observation family will halve the time needed to provide precision land-use data to benefit farmers, builders, fishermen and anyone who needs rapid access to up-to-the-minute data on conditions on the ground.

The Sentinel-2B satellite will join the Sentinel-2A satellite. Together, the two Sentinels produce high resolution data that is already being used to create satellite-enabled products and services. This will provide new opportunities for businesses and citizens thanks to the fact that the European Union has provided free, full and open access to the data.

Would you like to know more about the benefits of the launch of Sentinel-2B? Read the press release here!