Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich undergoes rigorous testing
EUMETSAT takes control of Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich
EUMETSAT to operate crucial ocean-monitoring satellite.
Successful launch for crucial ocean-monitoring satellite
The satellite will expand the unique record of mean sea level.
How the EUMETSAT team have been getting ready for launch and operations
Gareth Williams, Sentinel-6 System & Operations Preparation Manager discusses pre-launch activities.
Satellite launch holds extra meaning for outgoing EUMETSAT DG
Satellite launch holds special poignancy for EUMETSAT DG.
Systems and teams get ready for the launch of Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich
Today, after a comprehensive review, EUMETSAT and the other European and US partners of the Jason-CS/Sentinel-6 programme confirmed readiness of all systems and teams for the launch and operations of the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite.
Once the state-of-the-art Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite launches in November, it will collect the most accurate data yet on sea level — a key indicator of how Earth's warming climate is affecting the oceans, weather and coastlines.
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But first, engineers need to ensure that the spacecraft can survive the rigours of launch and of operating in the harsh environment of space. That's where meticulous testing comes in.
At the end of May, engineers finished putting the spacecraft – which is being built in Germany – through a battery of four tests that began in November 2019.
"If it can survive all the abuse we deliberately put it through on the ground, then it's ready for space," said John Oswald, the mission's deputy project manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.
Read the full feature article on NASA’s website.