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Virtual Briefing Set on Launch of Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich Satellite

12 Oct 2020, 08:15 UTC
Virtual Briefing Set on Launch of Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich Satellite
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Mission team members perform acoustic tests of the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite in a chamber outfitted with giant speakers that blast the spacecraft with sound. This is to ensure that the high decibels associated with liftoff won’t damage the spacecraft. (Credit: Airbus)

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — Officials from NASA and partner agencies will discuss the upcoming launch of the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich ocean-monitoring satellite during a media briefing at 10 a.m. EDT (7 a.m. PDT), Friday, Oct. 16. The launch is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 10. The media briefing will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website, as well as YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.

The spacecraft is named in honor of Michael Freilich, the former director of NASA’s Earth Science Division and tireless advocate for advancing satellite measurements of the ocean. After launching from Vandenberg Air Force Base in central California and once in orbit, the satellite will collect sea level measurements down to a few centimeters across 90% of the world’s ocean.

Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich is the first of two Copernicus Sentinel-6/Jason-CS (Continuity of Service) satellites launching five years apart and will extend a nearly 30-year dataset of ocean data. The mission is being developed jointly by ...

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