New radar mission for Europe


The upcoming Copernicus Radar Observation System for Europe in L-band (ROSE-L) will provide continuous day-and-night all-weather monitoring of Earth’s land, oceans and ice, and offer frequent images at a high spatial resolution.

ROSE-L will carry an active phased array synthetic aperture radar instrument. The radar antenna will be the largest planar antenna ever built measuring an impressive 40 sq m – roughly the size of 10 ping-pong tables.

ROSE-L will deliver essential information on forests and land cover, leading to improved monitoring of the terrestrial carbon cycle and carbon accounting.

The mission will also greatly extend our ability to monitor minute surface displacements and helping detect geohazards. It will automatically map surface soil moisture conditions and monitor sea and land ice – greatly helping climate change research and mitigation.

ROSE-L is one of six Copernicus Sentinel Expansion missions that ESA is developing on behalf of the EU. The missions will expand the current capabilities of the Copernicus Space Component – the world’s biggest supplier of Earth observation data.

This video features interviews with Malcolm Davidson, ROSE-L Mission Scientist, Nico Gebert, ROSE-L Payload Manager and Gianluigi Di Cosimo, ROSE-L Project Manager.

Credits: ESA – European Space Agency

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  1. At such a time of crisis in our history, the example set by ESA for the management of large scale international collaboration coordinating research, development, building and launching of the Copernicus satellites is so heartening.
    Whatever the fate of the UK since the calamitous exit from the EU, we are, at least for now, participating in this crucially important endeavour.
    Such an undertaking, for the benefit of all, throws into sharp contrast our corrupt, self interest, xenophobic and divisive policy makers.
    Long live ESA

  2. Great to hear that Copernicus is proceeding with the ROSE-L mission to expand the L-band SAR coverage of the Earth. I hope that ROSE-L will join later this decade with the NASA-ISRO SAR (NISAR) satellite that is planned for launch in 2024 to provide frequent L-band SAR.

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