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SpaceX have successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket from SLC-4E of Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 17:17 UTC, November 21st 2020. The rocket launched the joint NASA and ESA (European Space Agency) Sentinel-6 satellite ”Michael Freilich”. The Sentinel 6 program is made up of two identical satellites, with the first launching on this mission, they will monitor sea level change from Space, in the video “Launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 with Sentinel-6 for NASA & ESA“, below:
This is a replay of the live stream. Launch time: 12:17 pm EST (17:17 GMT) Launch site: SLC-4E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California Destination: LEO A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Sentinel 6A, or Jason-CS A, satellite. The satellite is also named Sentinel 6-Michael Freilich in honor of the late director of NASA’s Earth science division. The satellite is a joint mission between the European Space Agency, NASA, NOAA, CNES and Eumetsat to continue the sea level data record previously collected by the Jason series of satellites. Sentinel 6A, built by Airbus Defense and Space and Thales Alenia Space in Europe, will also join the European Commission’s Copernicus Earth observation satellite network. Delayed from Nov. 10 by Merlin 1D engine issue, in the video “REPLAY: SpaceX Falcon 9 launches Sentinel-6 “Michael Freilich”(21 Nov 2020)“, below:
The Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite was launched by a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, on 21 November 2020, at 17:17 UTC (09:17 PST). The Sentinel-6 mission is part of the European Union’s family of Copernicus satellite missions and consists of two satellites: Copernicus Sentinel-6A and Copernicus Sentinel-6B, scheduled to launch in 2025. The Copernicus Sentinel-6 mission aims to provide the most accurate data yet on sea level and how it changes over time. NASA’s contribution to the mission are three science instruments for each of the two satellites, the Advanced Microwave Radiometer, the Global Navigation Satellite System – Radio Occultation, and the Laser Retroreflector Array, as well as launch services, awarded for Sentinel-6A to SpaceX for approximately 97 million USD, and supporting operations of the NASA science instruments. The Sentinel-6A satellite was renamed in honor of Dr. Michael H. Freilich, the former director of NASA’s Earth Science Division. Following stage separation, Falcon 9’s first stage landed on Landing Zone 4 at Vandenberg Air Force Base. Credits: ESA/NASA/SpaceX/IABG/USAF 30th Space Wing/Mike Peters, in the video “Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich launch and Falcon 9 first stage landing“, below:
To better understand Sentinel-6 Mission/Program, please refer to the excerpt from wikipedia, in italics, below:
In the video “Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich-Mission“, below:
The Sentinel-6 mission also referred to as the Jason-CS mission, are two twin satellite altimeters which were developed by European Space Agency (ESA) in the context of the EuropeanCopernicus Programme led by the European Commission, the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT),NASA, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with funding support from the European Commission and technical support from France’s National Centre for Space Studies (CNES) (Centre national d’études spatiales).The Sentinel-6 program includes two identical satellites, to be launched five years apart, Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich, which launched on 21 November 2020 and Sentinel-6B, which will launch in 2025.These satellites will measure sea level change from space, which have been measured without interruption since 1992.The Sentinel-6A satellite was renamed on January 20, 2020 in honor of the former director of NASA Earth Science Division,Michael Freilich, who was instrumental in advancing space-based ocean measurements. It follows the most recent U.S.-European sea level observation satellite, Jason-3, which launched in 2016, and is currently providing high-precision and timely observations of the topography of the global ocean.Since the launch of TOPEX/Poseidon on 10 August 1992, high-precision satellite altimeters have been essential to monitor how the ocean stores and redistributes heat, water, and carbon in the climate system. The two satellites, Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich and Sentinel-6B, will extend this legacy through to at least 2030 which will provide a nearly forty-year record of sea level rise as well as changes in ocean currents.The Sentinel-6 mission is part of the Copernicus programme initiative, the main objective of the Sentinel-6 mission is to measure sea surface topography with high accuracy and reliability to support ocean forecasting systems, environmental monitoring and climate monitoring.The mission definition is driven by the need for continuity in provision of TOPEX/Poseidon missions and Jason satellite series (Jason-1, OSTM/Jason-2, and Jason-3) with improvements in instrument performance and coverage. ESA, NASA, and EUMETSAT will provide mission management and system engineering support. EUMETSAT and NASA will be responsible for long-term archives of altimetry data products. All partners will be involved with the selection of science investigators.
Now, for those of you who don’t know who Michael Freilich is, please refer to the excerpt from wikipedia, in italics, below:
Michael H. Freilich (January 14, 1954 – August 5, 2020) was an American oceanographer who served as director of the NASA Earth Science division from 2006–2019.In January 2020, NASA announced that the Sentinel-6A Oceanography mission was being renamed the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich in his honor. Freilich played a key role in establishing the international partnership behind this mission.Thomas Zurbuchen, head of NASA’s Science Directorate, paid tribute to him as follows:
“Mike Freilich exemplified the commitment to excellence, generosity of spirit and the unmatched ability to inspire trust that made so many people across the world want to work with NASA, to advance big goals on behalf of the planet and its people”.
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