Tomorrow evening at around 18:17 CET, a Falcon 9 launcher from SpaceX will bring Sentinel-6 into space. The ‘climate guardian’ as it is called beside its official name 'Michael Freilich”, has the mission to monitor the sea level as well as recording sea state and ocean currents.
Sentinel-6 is the 8th satellite of the European Copernicus programme and will face with this crucial mission one of the great challenges of our time. Sentinel-6 is expected to maintain service until at least 2025 from what on its identical twin – Seintel-6B – will continue the mission.
As “Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich” was developed in a cooperation between Europe and the USA the mission launch is not as usually scheduled from Kourou, French Guiana, but from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, USA – just as an explanation for the pretty fair time to follow this launch live (atleast from a central European point of view).
TESAT's part at this mission is beside the supply of the core piece - the subsystem - the responsibility for several communication equipment such as amplifiers, filter, and switches that are vital for the success of the mission.
Follow the launch live starting from 21st November, 17:45 CET: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vm5FnJSIYkw
Link to the official press release from the German Aerospace Center: https://www.dlr.de/content/en/articles/news/2020/04/20201120_satellit-sentinel-6-lift-off.html