WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2020 /PRNewsCentre/ — Officials from NASA and partner agencies will discuss the upcoming launch of the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich ocean-monitoring satellite during a media briefing at 10 a.m. EDT (7 a.m. PDT), Friday, Oct. 16. The launch is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 10. The media briefing will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website, as well as YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.
The spacecraft is named in honor of Michael Freilich, the former director of NASA’s Earth Science Division and tireless advocate for advancing satellite measurements of the ocean. After launching from Vandenberg Air Force Base in central California and once in orbit, the satellite will collect sea level measurements down to a few centimeters across 90% of the world’s ocean.
Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich is the first of two Copernicus Sentinel-6/Jason-CS (Continuity of Service) satellites launching five years apart and will extend a nearly 30-year dataset of ocean data. The mission is being developed jointly by ESA (European Space Agency) in the context of the European Copernicus program led by the European Commission, the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), NASA, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with funding support from the European Commission and contributions from France’s space agency, Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales.
Briefing participants, in speaking order, are:
This event is open to U.S. and international media. Media who would like to ask questions via phone during the event must provide their name and affiliation by 7:30 p.m. EDT (4:30 p.m. PDT) Thursday, Oct. 15, to Rexana Vizza at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 818-393-1931. Valid media credentials are required.
Media and the public also may ask questions using the hashtag #SeeingTheSeas on social media during the briefing.
To learn more about NASA’s study of sea level rise, visit:
For more information about Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich, visit: