Falcon 9 launch vehicle
After 53 minutes of flight, the Sentinel-6A Michael Freilich spacecraft entered a polar orbit with an altitude of 1.3 thousand kilometers.
The American company SpaceX, using a Falcon 9 launch vehicle, successfully launched the scientific oceanographic satellite Sentinel-6A Michael Freilich into regular orbit. The company announced this on Saturday evening, November 21.
“The satellite's withdrawal has been confirmed,” the message says.
The satellite rocket was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
After 53 minutes of flight, the Sentinel-6A Michael Freilich spacecraft entered a polar orbit with an altitude of 1.3 thousand kilometers. It is part of a joint program between NASA, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) to track sea levels and collect data on the impact of global warming on coastline changes.
The device will become a part of the current US-European satellite orbital group Copernicus for environmental monitoring.
In turn, the first reusable stage of the Falcon 9 rocket, 8 minutes 19 seconds after the launch, made a controlled vertical landing at the site at Vandenberg.
Recall that on November 16, SpaceX launched the Crew Dragon ship with a crew of four on board on the ISS. This means the end of the dependence of Americans on Russia in space – since 2011, astronauts have been delivered to the ISS by Russian Unions.
It was also reported that SpaceX's Falcon-9 space launch vehicles could be used by the US military for urgent transportation of cargo around the planet through space.