International satellite launches to extend measurements of sea level rise
Photos: Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich encapsulated for launch
Live coverage: SpaceX launches oceanography satellite from California
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Space Launch Complex 4-East at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 12:17 p.m. EST (9:17 a.m. PST; 1717 GMT) Saturday with an oceanography satellite jointly developed by U.S. and European space and weather agencies. The rocket’s first stage booster returned to a bullseye landing back at Vandenberg.
Oceanography satellite ends 11-year mission
European weather satellite blasts off from French Guiana
Live coverage: Soyuz rocket launches from French Guiana with weather satellite
Europe’s MetOp-C weather satellite launched aboard a Russian-built Soyuz rocket toward polar orbit Tuesday night from French Guiana, joining an international fleet of meteorological observatories critical for global weather forecasting. Liftoff occurred at 7:47 p.m. EST Tuesday (0047 GMT Wednesday).