From Plesetsk launch a satellite to monitor volcanic ash

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European satellite remote sensing (RS) Sentinel-5P launch on Friday on a Russian rocket «Rokot» from the Plesetsk cosmodrome, according to the European space Agency (ESA).

«The launch is planned on Friday at 9.27 GMT (12.27 MSK)» — said on the ESA website.

According to the Agency, one of the tasks of the satellite monitoring of volcanic ash for the safety of air travel.

The satellite Sentinel-5P manufactured by Thales Alenia Space and will be used to obtain data on the composition of the global atmosphere study climate and air quality. After the launch of Sputnik into orbit it will be listed on the national register of the European space Agency (ESA).

Sentinel 5-P — the sixth satellite of the European grouping for earth remote sensing Copernicus. He will be the first device group, the operation of which will be devoted to the monitoring of the atmosphere. On Board the unit is installed Tropotomi with which it is planned to create a map of small impurity gases (such as nitrogen dioxide, ozone, formaldehyde, sulfur dioxide, methane, carbon monoxide) in the Earth’s atmosphere. They not only affect human health but also on the climate of the planet.

In addition to volcanic ash, the satellite Sentinel-5P will be able to track the increase in the level harmful to the skin of ultraviolet radiation. Width of the satellite — 2.6 thousand kilometers, resolution – 7×3,5 kilometers. This will allow him to obtain daily data from all of our planet’s surface and see the air pollution over cities.

The Rokot carrier was created by the conversion program on the basis of the accelerator block the first and second stages removed-alerting of Intercontinental ballistic missiles UR-100НУ. The rocket equipped with the upper stage «breeze-K», and then «breeze-KM» and adapted for commercial satellites using the new transition system and fairing.