Published: Sun, November 22, 2020
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European ocean monitoring satellite launches into orbit

European ocean monitoring satellite launches into orbit

Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich safely tucked up in the Falcon 9 rocket on the launch pad at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, US.

The satellite, Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich, will be launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California Saturday at 12:17 p.m.

Delivery of the satellite, or spacecraft separation, occurred approximately one hour after blastoff. The Falcon's first stage flew back to the launch site and landed for reuse.

While NASA has been using satellites to measure the height of the ocean for the last 28 years, the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite is slated to offer greater precision than ever before.

Europe and the United States are sharing the 900-million-euro ($1.1-billion) cost of the 10-year mission, which includes the launch of an identical twin, now called Sentinel-6B, in 2025.

Sentinel-6 won't be spoken to independently in items from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), however it will upgrade the models and guides NOAA and different accomplices in the mission as of now produce to all the more likely shield world populaces safe from increasing tropical storms, delegates said.

The launch itself was a success by all measures. It has a distinctive appearance with two body-mounted solar panels that look like the roof of a house.


They are created to last for five-and-a-half years, but could provide data for far longer. Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Scientific Conference.

Other instruments on board will measure how radio signals pass through the atmosphere, providing data on atmospheric temperature and humidity that can help improve global weather forecasts. That instrument is similar to those on the six COSMIC-2 satellites launched in June 2019. -French satellite TOPEX-Poseidon, which was followed by a series of satellites including the current Jason-3. "They will basically see the same ocean conditions, and that, of course, makes comparing the measurements much better", he said at a pre-launch briefing.

The rocket will be carrying NASA's Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite, which will join a almost 30-year project to measure global sea-surface height, while also providing atmospheric data that officials say will improve weather forecasts, climate modeling and hurricane tracking.

According to NASA, the satellite will "collect the most accurate global data yet on sea levels" and observe how it changes over time.

Climate change It contributes to sea level changes by warming the planet and causing melting of glaciers and polar ice caps. With every centimeter rising globally, it is even worse that three million more people worldwide are at risk of flooding.

Once operational, the satellite, the size of a small truck, will collect data about rising sea levels, which scientists say is a key indicator about global climate change.

"We can not ignore that our planet is changing", said Pierre Delsaux, deputy director general for space for the European Commission, at a briefing about the mission in October.

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