SpaceX launches Sentinel-6 satellite from VAFB

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Members at Vandenberg Air Force Base launched the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite, Nov. 21, 2020, at 9:17 a.m., from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The Sentinel-6 is the first of two identical satellites to head into Earth orbit five years apart to continue sea level observations for at least the next decade. The 30th Space Wing’s primary responsibilities include maintaining and operating the Western Range, providing mission assurance, safeguarding the public and ensuring minimal environmental impact so we can provide services, facilities and range safety control for the execution of Department of Defense, civil and commercial launches. (Air Force photograph by Tech. Sgt. Brittany E. N. Murphy)
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Team Vandenberg launched the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite Nov. 21, at 9:17 a.m., PST, from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

The Sentinel-6 is the first of two identical satellites to head into Earth orbit five years apart to continue sea level observations for at least the next decade.

Members at Vandenberg Air Force Base launched the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, at 9:17 a.m., from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. (Air Force photograph by Tech. Sgt. Brittany E. N. Murphy)

Col. Anthony Mastalir, 30th Space Wing commander was the space launch commander for this mission.

“The Western Range is excited to provide the opportunity for this unique launch,” said Col. Anthony Mastalir, 30th Space Wing commander. “Working together with NASA and SpaceX to provide a successful launch takes planning and teamwork and I am proud of the work my 30th Space Wing members have done today. The technology from this satellite will provide critical data for scientific research and lay the framework for future generations to study the ocean.”

The 30th Space Wing’s primary responsibilities include maintaining and operating the Western Range, providing mission assurance, safeguarding the public and ensuring minimal environmental impact so we can provide services, facilities and range safety control for the execution of DOD, civilian and commercial launches.
 
 
 

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