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Copernicus satellite lost to fault

Image: ESA, European Commission

European Space Agency warns failure of Sentinel-1B is an “important loss” for EU space programme

A terminal fault has afflicted one of the EU’s two Sentinel satellites, which provide the data for the bloc’s Copernicus Earth-observation programme and are used for monitoring and research around activities including climate change.

“We have to announce the end of the mission for the Copernicus Sentinel-1B satellite,” the European Space Agency said on 3 August, warning that this would be an “important loss” for the EU’s space programme.

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