Sentinel 5P is part of the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security programme (GMES), a joint undertaking of the European Commission and the European Space Agency (ESA). GMES aims to supply geo-information products and services based on the use of images from space that will help European institutions and public authorities to fulfil their mission of safeguarding the civil population, managing risks, and protecting the environment. With a launch scheduled for early 2015 and a seven year lifetime, Sentinel 5P will maintain the continuity of science data before the Sentinel 5P instrument becomes operational towards the end of this decade. The Sentinel 5P instrument is scheduled to fly on the MetOp Second Generation satellites.
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