SpaceX plans to deploy the Sentinel-6 satellite early next month

The Sentinel-6 satellite reached the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California early this week after Germany’s two-day journey. Falcon 9 rocket will host the satellite and dislodge it 830 miles above Earth come November. The satellite is part of the first projects that will be hovering over the ocean waters and others since the TOPEX/Poseidon project that did the same close to two decades ago.

This satellite can watch over 90 percent of the world’s ocean accurately and precisely, providing details about ocean waters changes ranging from temperature, waves, and the moisture level in the atmosphere above the oceans. Sentinel-6 is a development from the joint venture between NASA and the European Space Agency and took Michael Freilich as part of its name. This move by the two partners is to appreciate this NASA director’s efforts who pioneered for the satellites to monitor oceans. This satellite will proceed with the research that was going on with the Jason satellites to top up on where they did not fully exploit.

Karen St. Germain of NASA’s Earth Science Division stated that the sea level monitoring is essential to obtain data on why it changes and the parameters contributing to the changes. He stated that the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich would ensure the data recorded is accurate and precise to inform the operations conducted at sea, including launch operations. The Sentinel-6 will give more data about the Earth as a planet, the changes in sea level, and analyze how this data can facilitate decision-making processes that the local government can utilize to change the economy.

NASA is of the idea that the phenomena taking place at sea are because of the atmospheric connection. The endless interchange between the two contributes to the way they exist. The sea takes up the greenhouse gases through absorption and expands, causing the icy sheet of water covering it to melt. This change accelerates the cutting down of glacier ice to fill up the spaces left by the melted icy sheets on the oceans. Scientists estimate the sea level to continue rising over the next two decades, increasing the rate of flooding along the coast. Sentinel-6 will be monitoring such changes to identify methods that are employable in resolving such problems.

Finally, a similar satellite is still under development at SpaceX and will be facilitating the measurement of other parameters on the Earth’s surface. This new satellite is an upgrade of the current satellite and will record clear data and take high-resolution pictures to explain the seas’ phenomenon.