An ocean surveillance satellite will have to wait at least 11 more days to be launched into space.
The US-Europe Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite mission is currently scheduled to launch on Saturday, November 21 at 12:17 pm EST (1717 GMT) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. That’s a delay from the main launch date of November 10.
The SpaceX launch was delayed after problems with the Falcon 9 missile line, which stopped the launch of the US Air Force’s GPS satellite on October 2. However, so far, there are no delays. for the first commercial crew mission, the Crew-1, which will also use the Falcon 9 rocket to send the astronauts onto the International Space Station. NASA added that the target launch date on Saturday, November 14 for Crew-1 remains unchanged at this time.
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During a virtual press conference on October 16, NASA’s launch services program director Tim Dunn said SpaceX was working to tackle the rocket gas generator problem blamed for the cancellation of GPS satellites. “As of today [Oct. 16] we have a way forward that allows us to do whatever necessary rework is required and keep the November 10 release date, “Dunn said at the press conference.
But in a more recent NASA statement, the agency said SpaceX will use the delay to complete the process of testing and testing the Merlin engine on the Falcon 9, due to the cancellation.
“After completing engine inspections and tests, teams from NASA and SpaceX determined that the two engines on the first stage of the Sentinel-6 rocket would need to be replaced to ensure optimal performance. during launch, “NASA said in a statement Tuesday (November 3.). “Work is currently underway to make the engine change and all engine hardware replacements will be completed next week.”
Sentinel-6 will join the growing network of Earth observation satellites that monitor the global warming of our planet. Some of the key contributions of the new mission will be a better understanding of the origins of sea level rise and the motion of deep ocean currents.
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