BackForward Satellite: ROSE-L 

Satellite details
Acronym ROSE-L
Full name Copernicus Observation System for Europe in L-band
Satellite Description
  • One of the high-priority Copernicus Sentinel Expansion Missions.
  • Main mission: to support forest management, to monitor subsidence and soil moisture and to discriminate crop types  
  • Complementary mission: contribute to the monitoring of polar ice sheets and ice caps, sea-ice extent in the polar region, and of seasonal snow.
  • To operate in a constellation of (initially two) identical satellites, covering a period > 7 years.
  • For more details, see
Mass at launch Dry mass
Data access link no link provided
Data access information
Orbit Sunsynchronous orbit Altitude 693 km
ECT 06:00 desc


Status Considered
Details on Status
(as available)
  • Funding to be confirmed by EU.
  • The Qualification Acceptance Review (QAR) is currently planned for Q1 2028.
Launch ≥2028 EOL ≥2033
Last update: 2022-03-28
Associated satellite programme and related satellites

Note: red tag: no longer operational , green tag: operational , blue tag : future

Satellite Payload

All known Instruments flying on ROSE-L

Acronym Full name
ROSE-L Radar Observation System for Europe in L-band
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Telecommunication frequency or microwave sensing channel information Show expert details
Service Dir or Mode Frequency Emission designator Bandwidth Polarisation D/A Data rate or Baseband Comments
ROSE-L active 1257.5 MHz 85000.0  kHz - A   C-Band SAR