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ROSE-L (Sentinel 12)

ROSE-L (Radar Observing System for Europe - L-Band) or Sentinel 12 is an earth observation mission in the framework of ESA's Copernicus program.

ROSE-L will carry an L-band SAR. Since the longer L-band signal can penetrate through many natural materials such as vegetation, dry snow and ice, the mission would provide additional information that cannot be gathered by the Copernicus Sentinel-1 C-band radar mission. It would be used in support of forest management, to monitor subsidence and soil moisture and to discriminate crop types for precision farming and food security. In addition, the mission would contribute to the monitoring of polar ice sheets and ice caps, sea-ice extent in the polar region, and of seasonal snow.

In July 2020, ESA signed a contract with Thales Alenia Space as a prime contractor to build the satellite.

Nation: Europe
Type / Application: Earth observation
Operator: ESA
Contractors: Thales Alenia Space (prime)
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Power: Deployable solar arrays, batteries
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Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
ROSE-L (Sentinel 12) - 202x