Attema, Evert; Snoeij, Paul; Torres, Ramon (ESA – Keplerlaan 1 Postbus 299 AG 2200 Noordwijk, The Netherlands)
Pietropaolo, Andrea; Scaranari, Daniele; Mastroddi, Vanessa; Occhigrossi, Silvia; Bruno, Claudio; L'Abbate, Michelangelo (Thales Alenia Space Italia – Via Saccomuro 24, 00141 Roma, Italy)
Sentinel-1 mission is designed to be a source of continuous and reliable collection of C-band SAR imagery. As part of the complete family of GMES Sentinels, Sentinel-1 guarantees continuity of C-band SAR data and products availability to scientific and institutional users who exploit satellite radar imagery since ERS 1 operations. Drivers for EO satellite missions operations are typically fast reaction and response times but also, in the case of Sentinel-1, complete Earth surface coverage within every orbit repeat cycle (12 days). Sentinel-1 mission capabilities and the defined operational scenario currently selected by the ESA Mission and System Manager will be presented in this paper.