After a comprehensive review, EUMETSAT and the other European and US partners of the Jason-CS/Sentinel-6 program confirmed readiness of all systems and teams for the launch and operations of the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite.
The collaborative Copernicus Sentinel-6 ocean-monitoring mission will provide ocean surface topography and mean sea level measurements of unprecedented accuracy, for operational oceanography and climate monitoring.
The mission is implemented and co-funded by Europe, through the European Commission, ESA and EUMETSAT, and by the US, through NASA and NOAA, as a further development of the longstanding transatlantic cooperation on Jason high-precision altimetry missions.
The Launch and Operations Readiness Review (LORR) was the last critical milestone in the development of the full system before the planned launch of the satellite from Vandenberg, California, on 10 November.
The successful LORR concludes a cycle of reviews confirming the readiness of the satellite and the ground systems of each partner, and paves the way for the start of launch campaign at the end of September.