SpaceX A falcon is ready to launch Saturday morning from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California with a goal of 9:17 AM PST (12:17 min EST). It is the Sentinel-6 Michael Freelich mission, carrying a satellite of the same name developed by the European Space Agency, NASA and the US and European Meteorological Monitoring Bodies.
Sentinel-6 is named after Michael Freelich, director of NASA’s former Earth Sciences division, who held the position between 2006 and 2019 and died in August. It is one of two Sentinel-6-series satellites to be launched for the program, with the Sentinel-6B being set sometime in 2025 in the Sentinel-6 Michael Freelike.
SpaceX With a powered landing on Earth in Landing Zone 4 in Vandenberg the Falcon 9 will be looking to recover the first stage boosters. This is Vandenberg’s first SpaceX launch since June of last year, although it has flown a lot of missions from both Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and Kennedy Space Center.
The above webcast will be live about 15 minutes before liftoff time, so around 9:02 pm PST (12:02 pm EMT). Should this mission be canceled today, a backup opportunity is scheduled for Sunday at 9:04 AM PST (12:04 PM PST).