Europe is aiming for the stars with the launch of the Sentinel-3A satellite, which will become part of a larger satellite network that could help provide early warnings of everything from environmental change to migration flows.
At the rate the Americans send satellites into space, you'd be right to ask, is it special anymore? Not very. But the Sentinel-2B satellite launch next week is. It's a "breakthrough" in European technology.
There's a palpable sense of superstition ahead of the Sentinel-2B launch in French Guiana. You won't get into the Jupiter control center wearing red - that's the stop color. But so far it's looking good.
The European Space Agency (ESA) has launched the newest addition to its multi-billion-euro Copernicus program. The monitoring network aims to track pollution, deforestation, weather, and other changes on Earth's surface.
The question in the UK is no longer "should we stay or should we go" - it's now "should we go horizontally or vertically?" Confused? Don't be. It's all about space and how the UK plans to get there.
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