Sentinel-6 A Spot

Sentinel-6 data release and access

Sentinel-6 A Spot
Sentinel-6 A Spot

The Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite is scheduled for launch on the 21st November at 18:17 CET from Vandenberg air force base in California.

Last Updated

24, November 2020

After launch, the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite will go through a Launch and Early Operations phase (LEOP), followed by a period of commissioning, as satellite operations and data quality are thoroughly checked.

Data will be released in increments, initially to the Sentinel-6 Validation Team (S6VT), so that the community can also contribute to assessments of data quality. This will begin at around launch plus three and a half months, with Near Real-Time and Short Time Critical low resolution altimetry data.

Information on data access via FTP will be provided to members of the S6VT. More information about the S6VT and how to join the team can be found on the S6VT website.

It is planned to release the first data to all users around six months after launch (Near Real-Time and Short Time Critical low resolution altimetry data). Full release of data is planned for approximately 12 months after launch.

Users will be able to access the data via EUMETCast, the EUMETSAT Data Centre, and through FTP access, which will be administered through users existing Earth Observation Portal (EOP) accounts.

Users can follow news on Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich here on the EUMETSAT website, and through the EUMETSAT Twitter accounts (@eumetsat and @eumetsat_users) for launch and data product news respectively.

Information about upcoming data releases will also be available via the User Notification Service (UNS).

For queries  about the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich mission and any EUMETSAT data products and services contact the User Service Helpdesk.