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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.

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. 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, civilian and commercial launches. (U.S. Space Force photo by Senior Airman Hanah Abercormbie)

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.

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. 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, civilian and commercial launches. (U.S. Space Force photo by Senior Airman Hanah Abercormbie)

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. 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. 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, civilian and commercial launches. (U.S. Space Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brittany E. N. Murphy)

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. 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. 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, civilian and commercial launches. (U.S. Space Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brittany E. N. Murphy)

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. 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. 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, civilian and commercial launches. (U.S. Space Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brittany E. N. Murphy)

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. 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. 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, civilian and commercial launches. (U.S. Space Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brittany E. N. Murphy)

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. 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. 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, civilian and commercial launches. (U.S. Space Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brittany E. N. Murphy)

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. 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. 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, civilian and commercial launches. (U.S. Space Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brittany E. N. Murphy)

Photo of airman at launch console

1st Lt. Chad Young, 2nd Range Operations Squadron range operations commander, operates his launch console at the Western Range Operations Control Center during the Sentinel-6 satellite launch, Nov. 21, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The WROCC actively monitors the sea, land, air and space of North and South America, Pacific and the Antartic. Keeping the public safe from any space related mishap, the WROCC ensures that launch only happens when all safety protocols are present and enforced. Public safety is the number one job of the space launch commander of the Western Range. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson)

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Maj. Scott Nakatani, 2nd Range Operations Squadron director of operations, tracks the flight of a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch from his console at the Western Range Operation Control Center, Nov. 21, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The WROCC actively monitors the sea, land, air and space of North and South America, Pacific and the Antartic. Keeping the public safe from any space related mishap, the WROCC ensures that launch only happens when all safety protocols are present and enforced. Public safety is the number one job of the space launch commander of the Western Range. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson)

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The 30th Space Wing space launch command team watches the liftoff of a SpaceX Falcon-9 carrying the Sentinel-6 satellite, at the Western Range Operations Control Center, Nov. 21, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. By managing and operating the Western Range, the 30th SW provides launch partners and their customers access to space with specialized facilities, equipment and personnel that assist with launch success. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson)

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.
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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. 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, civilian and commercial launches. (U.S. Space Force photo by Michael Stonecypher)

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.
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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. 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, civilian and commercial launches. (U.S. Space Force illustration by Michael Stonecypher)

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.
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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. 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, civilian and commercial launches. (U.S. Space Force photo by Michael Stonecypher)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --

Team Vandenberg launched the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite Saturday, Nov. 21, at 9:17 a.m., from Vandenberg Air Force Base. 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.

 

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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