We are excited to be at Europe’s Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany for the much anticipated #Sentinel2Go launch event. The latest Sentinel satellite in Europe’s Copernicus Earth monitoring programme is set for lift off tonight from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Joining its twin Sentinel-2A, Sentinel-2B will launch on a Vega rocket and once installed in space will provide satellite data on Earth’s vegetation.
Tonight’s programme promises to be a launch like no other, thanks to the #Sentinel2Go SocialSpace event taking place in conjuction with liftoff in Kourou. As part of a larger ESA team our editors have organised a gathering of passionate Earth observation enthusiasts active on social media. Invitees arrived at ESOC this afternoon and will be treated to meet-and-greets with Earth observation experts, an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of ESOC, lively talks on the uses of Sentinel-2, and finally the launch itself.
Our team will support ESA communications throughout the day and into the night. We’ll be tweeting from @ESA_eo, @esaoperations, @esa and @social4space and posting on the new @esa_earth Instagram channel. Look out for more posts on ESA’s Facebook and main Instagram account. Follow along with the #Sentinel2Go hashtag and watch live on http://www.esa.int/Sentinel2.