California: “The Earth is changing, and this satellite will help deepen our understanding of how,” mentioned Karen St Germain, director of National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Earth Science Division after a joint US-European satellite tv for pc, Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich, constructed to observe world sea ranges lifted off on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Saturday (November 21, 2020).
The Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich which is reportedly in regards to the measurement of a small pickup truck will lengthen a virtually 30-year steady dataset on sea stage collected by an ongoing collaboration of US and European satellites while enhancing climate forecasts and offering detailed info on large-scale ocean currents to help ship navigation close to coastlines.
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Get lifted! Relive all the motion from right now’s picture-perfect launch of Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich. The US-European partnership lifted off from @30thSpacewing aboard a @SpaceX Falcon 9 and will quickly be #SeeingTheSeas from orbit. https://t.co/7AzTmb1g4R pic.twitter.com/GtkPjmokcW
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“3.. 2.. 1.. 0.. and liftoff of Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich, continuing a legacy of ocean observation and international collaboration to benefit all humanity.” pic.twitter.com/JCT0AnV0za
— NASA (@NASA) November 21, 2020
“The changing Earth processes are affecting sea level globally, but the impact on local communities varies widely. International collaboration is critical to both understanding these changes and informing coastal communities around the world,” mentioned Karen St Germain.
According to NASA, the spacecraft separated from the rocket’s second stage and unfolded its twin units of photo voltaic arrays after arriving in orbit.
“Ground controllers efficiently acquired the satellite tv for pc’s sign, and preliminary telemetry reviews confirmed the spacecraft in good health. Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich will now endure a collection of exhaustive checks and calibrations earlier than it begins gathering science knowledge in a couple of months’ time, mentioned the US area company.
Notably, the spacecraft is known as after Michael Freilich who handed away in August 2020 and was a former director of NASA’s Earth Science Division. Freilich was a number one determine in advancing ocean observations from area.
NASA mentioned that the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich will proceed the sea-level file that started in 1992 with the TOPEX/Poseidon satellite tv for pc and continued with Jason-1 (2001), OSTM/Jason-2 (2008), and finally, Jason-3, which has been observing the oceans since 2016.
“Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich will pass the baton to its twin, Sentinel-6B, in 2025, extending the current climate record at least another 10 years between the two satellites,” mentioned NASA.
“The data from this satellite, which is so critical for climate monitoring and weather forecasting, will be of unprecedented accuracy,” mentioned Alain Ratier, the Director-General of the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT).
Ratier added, “These knowledge, which can solely be obtained by measurements from area, will convey a variety of advantages to people across the globe, from safer ocean journey to extra exact prediction of hurricane paths, from a higher understanding of sea-level rise to extra correct seasonal climate forecasts, and a lot extra.