Update : The distribution of pre-operational Sentinel-2A products has begun on the 3rd of December 2015. Data are available on https://scihub.esa.int . The data are named as "pre-operational", the main difference with the operational products being that they are produced without ground control points. However, even without ground control points, location error is below 10m.
The Sentinel-2 In-Orbit Commissionning Review (IOCR) was succesfully held at ESA on the 15th of October. According to the schedule regularly updated on Sentinel-2 Web site, the distribution should have begun on the second week of November 2015.
IOCR + tbc 2-3 weeks :
- Implementation of IOCR Board recommendations
- Release of Level-1 pre-qualified products
- Start of gradual data provision of pre-qualified Level 1 to all users
The plans are to observe Europe and Africa are systematically every 10 days. The system capacity will be regularly increased to extend this to all lands. All the land masses defined in the Mission Requirement Document should be already observed once every 30 days, according to the last week of october mission status report.
However, a glitch on a subsystem occurred and the plans should be delayed a bit, as said in the first week of November Status Report.
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