Editor's note: This post was contributed by Craig Donlon, who will join us at ESOC in Darmstadt next week for #Sentinel2Go.
I love satellite launch days and it’s going to be a very special and exciting night at the #Sentinel2Go event. We will all witness together the launch of the second Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite – bringing us twice the amount of crystal-clear and intricate images of our planet and its amazing coastal and ocean environments.
All being well after separation and signal acquisition, we will be a happy bunch celebrating success!
I have one of the best jobs in the world working as a mission scientist and oceanographer at ESA’s ESTEC centre in The Netherlands. It means I get to work together with the ESA project engineering teams that design, build, launch and commission each of our satellites. I also work closely with our ground segment teams and the Sentinel-2 mission manager at ESA’s ESRIN centre in Italy, who operate Sentinel-2 on a day-to-day basis. They make sure that we all get the data we need.
It’s a joy to work together with the brilliant scientists from all over Europe and the world to provide advice and critical ...