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Now that Sentinel-5P is safely in orbit, engineers have started commissioning the satellite for the task of delivering extremely high-quality information on air quality. Meanwhile, the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service is poised to ensure we all reap the benefits from this latest mission.
Launched from Russia on 13 October 2017, this Copernicus satellite is in excellent health and is being manoeuvered gently into its operational orbit.
As planned, the satellite’s Tropomi instrument is in the process of being decontaminated. This will take another couple of weeks and then it will be carefully fine-tuned for service.
Sentinel-5P was designed to provide a primary source of data for the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS), which is at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) in the UK, and it is their job to ensure that the mission ultimately benefits Europe’s citizens.