In November, NASA is preparing to launch a new Earth observation satellite aimed at monitoring sea level and providing atmospheric data to support weather forecasts and climate models. The spacecraft was named Sentinel-6, Michael Fritrich. NASA will launch the spacecraft on November 10 for a major 5.5-year mission. Its mission is to collect the most accurate global sea level data to date and how the oceans are rising as a result of climate change. Accurate data on atmospheric temperature and humidity will also be collected to help improve weather forecasting and climate models.
Sentinel-6 was named after Dr. Michael Flelic, former director of NASA’s Department of Earth Sciences.
NASA says its new spacecraft is based on legacies such as the ESA’s Gobney Sentinel-3 mission. The spacecraft is designed to help researchers understand how climate change is reshaping The Earth’s coastline and how quickly it is reshaping.
The satellite is designed to see previous sea-level missions or what cannot be observed, including tracking large ocean features such as the Gulf Stream. The spacecraft is based on successful cooperation between the United States and Europe and is a joint effort between NASA and ESA. The mission will help researchers better understand changes in the Earth’s climate by expanding global atmospheric temperature data records.
Sentinel-6’s Michael Friedrich aims to improve weather forecasting by providing meteorologists with atmospheric temperature and humidity information. NASA’s JPL has developed three scientific instruments on the satellite, including AMR-C, GNSS-RO and laser reflector arrays. NASA also provides launch services, ground systems to support the operation of its instruments, scientific data processing machines for the instruments, and support to the International Marine Surface Terrain Science Group.