Welcome back, Falcon 9.
– Supercluster (@SuperclusterHQ) November 21, 2020
On Saturday, the Asoneison-6A, the first of two identical satellites, was launched into orbit along the trajectory it took. South over the Pacific Ocean. Nine minutes after launch, the Falcon’s first stage successfully landed back at the launch site. About an hour after launch, the Jason-6A was released from the second phase of the Falcon 9, and soon after deployed its solar panels and made its first contact with the controllers, according to CTV News Canada.
Sentinel-6 deployment Michael Freilich confirmed pic.twitter.com/1ZsiSOyeaj
– SpaceX (@SpaceX) November 21, 2020
Jason-6A will be joined by his twin assone-6B in 2025 for $ 97 million. The twin satellites will contribute nearly 30 years of continuous data entry – following in the footsteps of three previous missions – TOPEX / Poseidon and Asoneison-1, Ocean Surface Topography / Asoneison-2 and Asoneison-3. The International Satellite for Ocean Science was renamed after Earth scientist Dr. Michael H. Freilich. Dr. Freilich was director of NASA’s Earth Science Department for more than 12 years before retiring in February 2019. During his tenure at NASA, Dr. Freilich led the revitalization of NASA’s fleet of Earth-awakening research missions.
Dr. Michael Freilich was an Earth scientist and the first American to have a European satellite bearing his name. I’m glad his family is able to be here as we begin this space mission. pic.twitter.com/RVp4haYoDN
– Thomas Zurbuchen (@Dr_ThomasZ) November 21, 2020
Dr. Freilich died of cancer in August. Freilich’s family watched the launch in person, with son Daniel and daughter Sarah (with Frejlich’s granddaughter Rosie) remembering their father after the elevator. “It means so much to see and feel,” Daniel Freilich told a witness to the launch of NASA’s live broadcast. “I heard him talk about it.” Sarah added, “It was wonderful. “I have never seen anything so beautiful before.”