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Sentinel-6

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Status: Future, Pre-Formulation
Mission Category: Earth Systematic Missions, Inter-Agency Partnerships
Launch Date: 2020

Sentinel-6 aims to continue high precision ocean altimetry measurements in the 2020–2030 time-frame using two successive, identical satellites, Jason-CS-A and Jason-CS-B.

A secondary objective of Sentinel-6 is to collect high resolution vertical profiles of temperature, using the GNSS Radio-Occultation sounding technique, to assess temperature changes in the troposphere and stratosphere and to support Numerical Weather Prediction.

Information on this page courtesy of http://www.eumetsat.int/website/home/Satellites/FutureSatellites/Coperni...

Key Sentinel-6 Facts

Mission/Portal Page: http://www.eumetsat.int/website/home/Satellites/FutureSatellites/CopernicusSatellites/Sentinel6/index.html?lang=EN
Altitude:Distance from sea level. 1366km
Inclination: 66°
Origination: ESA/CNES/COM/EUMETSAT/NASA/NOAA
Instruments: AMR-C - AMR-C Climate-quality microwave radiometer DORIS-NG - Doppler Orbitography and Radio-positioning Integrated by Satellite-NG GNSS POD Receiver - GNSS POD Receiver LRA (Sentinel-6) - Laser Retroreflector Array (Sentinel-6) Poseidon-4 Altimeter - Poseidon-4 SAR Radar Altimeter TriG - TriG Receiver for Radio Occultation
Other Key Personnel: Steve Neeck
Eric Lindstrom

Relevant Science Focus Areas:

  • Measurements of global sea surface height