LONDON, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- The European Space Agency has picked Astrium UK as the prime contractor for its Sentinel-5 Precursor satellite.
The contract to build S5p to monitor atmospheric chemistry is worth nearly $61 million.
The satellite is part of a program by the European Commission and the European Space Agency-the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security program. Its mission is to temporarily replace the ENVISAT and ERS-2 satellites when they end operational life.
The S5p, with a seven-year life span, will be launched in 2015.