Celebrating the first Danish citizen launched into space

02 Sep. 2015  

Celebrating today’s successful launch of the first Danish citizen, Astronaut Andreas Mogensen, into orbit around the Earth, we have the pleasure to present the first published Sentinel 2A image acquired over Copenhagen, Denmark.

The image below was acquired by ESA’s Sentinel 2A satellite on 18 August 2015 and shows interesting details about the current status of features both on land and in the water environment.

Copenhagen area, Denmark as seen from MSI on-board Sentinel-2A on 18 August 2015 (© ESA, DHI GRAS).

’While image services such as Google Earth has increased the general awareness of satellite images and Earth observation, the lack of continuously updated imagery in Google Earth, for example, limits the use within environmental monitoring’, says Rasmus Borgstrøm, Business Development Manager at DHI GRAS.

’We expect the ESA Sentinel satellites to revolutionise the information that can be extracted based on these images’, Rasmus further elaborates. ‘The free nature of the data, the increased image frequency allowing an image every 2-3 days – coupled with the enormous swath of 290 km, and the increased spectral capabilities makes the Sentinel images an excellent basis for information services way beyond the information currently available’.

While we are still waiting for full access to validated data, the image above confirms that Sentinel-2 data will serve as an excellent basis for our mapping services. We are delighted to be able to improve and extend our advanced solutions and products such as satellite derived bathymetry, marine habitat maps (for example eelgrass), monitoring of water quality and turbidity at high spatial resolution, information on vegetation phenology as well as indicators for crop growth, condition, and health.

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About Sentinel 2A:
The image is the first published image taken by the Multispectral Instrument (MSI) on-board Sentinel-2A covering Denmark. MSI has 13 spectral bands, from the visible to the shortwave infrared at different spatial resolutions (10, 20, and 60 metres). Sentinel-2A provides global coverage of the Earth's land surface every 10 days, and once the twin satellite Sentinel-2B is in orbit (launch scheduled for 2016) optical imagery can be obtained every 2-3 days at mid-latitudes. Currently, MSI is being calibrated during a three-month commissioning phase.

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Rasmus Eskerod Borgstrøm