European satellite with Dutch high-tech ready for launch

20 Jul 2017

The Sentinel-5P satellite containing the Dutch space instrument Tropomi is ready for launch. From space Tropomi will monitor the planet’s air quality and the spread of greenhouse gases with an unprecedented level of precision. Tropomi, a collaboration between Airbus Defence and Space Netherlands, KNMI, SRON and TNO, has been built, commissioned by the NSO and ESA, largely by Dutch manufacturers. At the end of September the satellite will be put into orbit by a Russian rocket from the Siberian launch site of Plesetsk.


Using satellites to monitor the safety and health of our planet is the goal of the European megaproject Copernicus, and it is in this context that the Sentinel-5P satellite is being deployed. Commissioned by the European Commission, the European Space Agency ESA has already put five Sentinel satellites into space, each with a set of electronic eyes to look at the Earth. Sentinel-5P is the latest bud on the Copernicus tree, this time enriched with high-tech from the Dutch soil, brought together in the technological triumph Tropomi. Its mission: to map the Earth’s atmosphere, day in day out, covering every spot on the planet, with unprecedented precision.

Dutch Hightech

“The launch of the Sentinel-5P satellite with the Tropomi instrument is now imminent. TNO is proud of our contribution together with Dutch industry in the design and realisation of Tropomi. This will enable scientists to take the next steps in understanding the atmosphere and environment around the whole globe,” says Andy Court, Business Director Space and Scientific Instrumentation at TNO.

For the original press release of the Netherlands Space Office, one of the commissioning parties of Tropomi, click here.

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