Joint NASA-ESA Satellite Which Will Monitor Sea Levels to Launch Saturday

Katie Ramirez
November 22, 2020

The spacecraft's main instrument is a radar altimeter provided by ESA, which bounces radio pulses off the ocean to measure sea level as well as wave height and ocean speed.

Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich is created to monitor earth's oceans.

"Global warming is the biggest indicator of sea level rise", Donlon said.

For specialists hoping to improve their atmosphere models, Sentinel-6's work will effectively consolidate with other science missions.

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.

Accelerating sea level rise is arguably the climate change impact that will affect the largest number of people over the next three decades.

"Liftoff of continuing a legacy of ocean observation and global collaboration to benefit all humanity", a NASA launch commentator said as the rocket climbed away from the Central Coast.

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"What is very important is to be able to look at the developments to see if certain disruptive scenarios of climate change that are underway, in the Arctic in particular, will materialize". That will assist in the commissioning of the new spacecraft, a process that will take about a year, said Remko Scharroo, project scientist for the mission at Eumetsat. "It's good to come together with the team, and to know the importance of what we're doing", he said. "We do it together as an global community and that makes us." more powerful ".

Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich was named in honor of the former head of NASA's Earth science division. Frillish died in August.

"Humanity is not one agency, not one country, not one continent, but..."

Sentinel-6 follows in the footsteps of Jason-3, a satellite launched in 2016. Farther south in Los Angeles County, residents may catch a glimpse of the rocket's smoky trail as it powers the satellite into orbit, then reverses course and returns to Vandenberg for recovery and use in future missions. "So in high tides we've been seeing more flooding as the levels have been rising", NOAA's Sentinel-6 program scientist told PIX11 News. The sibling satellites will provide continuity to the effort to monitor changes to Earth's sea surface topography. "NASA's research and the data collected from this mission is critical in our efforts to mitigate the climate crisis".

According to the specialist, "what is needed is to cross-check this data with others to understand what is happening: what part is linked to the thermal expansion of the ocean, to glaciers, to polar ice caps in the Arctic".

The complex predictions are that sea level rise will not be the same worldwide. This is the first SpaceX launch from Vandenberg since June of a year ago, though it has flown plenty of missions from both Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Kennedy Space Center in Florida. "Sea level is impacted by these different factors that one discipline doesn't cover - so we've got to bring in experts to approach it from all angles".

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