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LAUNCH OF SENTINEL-6 MICHAEL FREILICH SATELLITE, Nov 10, 2020, VAFB, 2:31 pm ET

NASA will launch the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), CA on November 10, 2020 at 2:31 pm ET.

The ocean altimetry satellite is named in honor of the late Mike Freilich, an oceanographer who headed NASA’s earth science program for more than a decade. He died of cancer earlier this year.

Previously the satellite was designated Sentinel-6A.  Its twin, Sentinel-6B, is scheduled for launch in 2025.

The two-satellite Sentinel-6 project is part of the European Union’s (EU’s) Copernicus satellite earth observation program. The satellites are also are known as Jason-CS because they are the next in a series of satellites that measure sea surface height: Topex-Poseidon, Jason-1, Jason-2, and Jason-3.  They all are cooperative missions between the United States and Europe. These satellites are jointly developed by ESA, NASA, NOAA, and the European Organisation for the Exploitations of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) with financial support from the EU and the French space agency CNES.

NASA’s contributions are three science instruments for each of the two Sentinel-6 satellites: the Advanced Microwave Radiometer, the GNSS-RO, and the Laser Retroreflector Array. NASA is also contributing launch services, ground systems supporting operation of the NASA science instruments, the science data processors for two of these instruments, and support for the international Ocean Surface Topography Science Team. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) manages NASA’s contribution to the mission.

Details

Date:
November 10
Time:
2:00 pm - 11:00 pm