Jason-3 satellite successfully launched

On Sunday 17 January, at 19:42 CET, the Jason-3 satellite was launched onboard the Space-X Falcon 9 rocket.

The video above, by NASA, displays the lift-off of the rocket from the Space Launch Complex 4 at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Jason-3 is a mission shared between EUMETSAT, the French Space Agency (CNES), the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the European Union, which funds European contributions to Jason-3 operations as part of its Copernicus Programme.

Within Copernicus, Jason-3 is the reference mission for cross-calibrating Sentinel-3 observations of sea surface height and the precursor to the future cooperative Sentinel-6/Jason-CS mission also implemented in partnership between Europe and the United States.

The satellite’s purpose is to provide continuity in high quality altimetry measurements in support of climate monitoring, operational oceanography and seasonal forecasting.

Read more about Jason-3 here.