A new European satellite has been launched with powerful image-taking capabilities designed to improve the monitoring of natural disasters and global food crops.
Developed by the European Space Agency, the Sentinel-2A was sent up on a Vega rocket from Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana.
The first satellite, launched last year, has radars capable of tracking environmental developments on Earth.
Sentinel-2A has equipment designed to capture a wider range of colours at higher resolution, including infra-red imaging said to be good for monitoring vegetation.
It’s hoped the technology may help predict poor harvests and warn of potential famine.
A twin satellite, Sentinel-2B, is due to be launched next year.
ESA (@esa) 23 Juin 2015