Launch and mission managers have completed the Launch Readiness Review for the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich mission. At the conclusion of the review, NASA’s Launch Services Program, SpaceX, the European Space Agency (ESA), and NOAA agreed to target the launch for 9:17 PST (12:17 p.m. EST) on Saturday, Nov. 21, from Space Launch Complex 4 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
Currently, the 30th Space Wing weather forecast is 80% “go” for launch, with a 20% chance of violating weather constraints. The primary concern is ground winds of 20 knots at the time of launch.
A prelaunch news conference will be held at 2 p.m. PST (5 p.m. EST), live on NASA Television and the agency’s website. Participants are:
- Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for Science Mission Directorate, NASA HQ
- Johann-Dietrich Worner, Director-General, European Space Agency
- Pierrik Vuilleumier, Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich project manager, ESA
- Parag Vaze, Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich project manager, JPL
- Tim Dunn, NASA Launch Director, Launch Services Program, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center
- Julianna Scheiman, program manager, NASA Launch Services, SpaceX
- Anthony Mastalir, commander, 30th Space Wing and Western Launch and Test Range
- John Ott, weather officer, 30th Space Wing
NASA TV launch coverage will begin at 8:45 a.m. PST (11:45 a.m. EST) on Nov. 21. You can follow the countdown milestones here on the blog and on NASA Television.
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