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Sea-level monitoring satellite on show

15 November 2019

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Media representatives and mission partners gathered today in Germany to see a new satellite, which will take the lead in charting sea-level change, before it undergoes final testing and is packed up for shipment to the US for lift-off next year.

Copernicus Sentinel-6 was on full display at the IAGB space test centre near Munich, giving media and partners in the mission a unique opportunity to see this remarkable new satellite up close.

ESA's Director of Earth Observation Programmes, Josef Aschbacher, said, "We are all extremely proud to see the complete satellite on show here in the cleanroom. With global sea level rising at shocking rates, Copernicus Sentinel-6 will take the lead in providing systematic measurements of sea level so that the worrying trend in sea-level rise can be closely monitored and key information provided for important policy decisions."

Sentinel-6 is realised thanks to cooperation between ESA, NASA, the European Commission, EUMETSAT and NOAA.

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