Copernicus Sentinel-6 ready for launch


Final preparations are underway in California for the launch of Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich, a joint European and US satellite designed to take precise measurements of sea-level change. The satellite forms part of the European Union’s Copernicus Earth Observation programme and will employ a radar altimeter to map sea-surface topography. The satellite will provide fundamental data for climate science and policymaking, helping to protect the 600 million people who live in vulnerable coastal areas. It will also deliver near-realtime information for marine and weather forecasts.

The mission is a collaboration between ESA, the European Commission, EUMETSAT, NASA and NOAA, with support from the French space agency CNES. Scheduled for launch on 21 November on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Vandenberg Air Force Base on the California coast, the satellite is named Michael Freilich after NASA’s former Director of Earth Science.

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  1. Oh ESA, you really need to do something with your marketing.. How does all space projects sound like they are made by NASA. Guess, financing and public support is not as important for you..?

  2. Mindestens deutsche Untertitel wären angebarcht. Sie übergehen all die Millionen Deutsch und anders Sprechenden. Nochlange nicht alle Leute verstehen Englisch, aber mit ihren Steuern finanzieren alle eine Menge mit. Nicht nur deutsche Untertitel erwarte ich, nein mindestens auch all die andern meistgesprochenen Sprachen Europas. Was andere können, müsste auch die ESA fertig bringen. Danke

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