NASA and its partners on an upcoming mission to extend long-term observations of global sea level change announced the renaming of the mission, previously known as Sentinel-6A/Jason-CS, at a ceremony at 9 a.m. EST Tuesday, Jan. 28.
The ceremony took place in the James Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, 300 E. St., SW, in Washington and aired live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.
NASA is jointly developing the mission with its partners at ESA (European Space Agency), the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with support from the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES), France's space agency. Sentinel-6 is part of Copernicus, the European Union’s Earth observation program managed by the European Commission. The satellite is scheduled for launch in November from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.