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Launch: November to October to November?
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Date: November 2022
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Reverberations of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine: with Antonov aircraft unavailable, NASA and European partners on the SWOT mission are looking for new ways to ship the large spacecraft from Europe to Calif. for launch. NASA says US Air Force may provide an aircraft.

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SWOT Mission Now Targeting Dec. 5

NASA, the French space agency Centre National d’Études Spatiales (CNES), and SpaceX are now targeting Monday, Dec. 5, for the launch of the Surface Water and Ocean Topography, or SWOT, satellite. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch SWOT from Space Launch Complex-4 East at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.

The SWOT project team determined a shift of the launch date was needed in order to complete all the necessary tasks in the lead-up to launch, including transporting the satellite from Cannes, France, to Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.
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https://www.thalesgroup.com/en/worldwide/space/press-release/swot-satellite-all-set-depart-united-states
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SWOT is now primed for its planned departure to the United States in early October, bringing to a close a year of unstinting efforts on the part of French and U.S. teams at Thales Alenia Space, the world leader in satellite altimetry. Over the last 12 months, the science payload supplied by JPL has been integrated with the spacecraft bus developed by Thales Alenia Space for prime contractor CNES. After these assembly operations, the teams conducted a series of functional and environmental tests on the satellite and its instruments to verify their ability to withstand the harsh conditions of launch and space.

A U.S. Air Force C5-Galaxy freighter aircraft will be deployed specially to fly the two-tonne satellite and its shipping container from Nice Airport to Vandenberg Space Force Base (VSFB) for a launch no earlier than 5 December atop a Falcon 9 vehicle operated by SpaceX.

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https://twitter.com/thales_alenia_s/status/1581907267116359680

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The US Air Force embarks the oceanography satellite #SWOT in Nice, heading for the California space base. bfmtv.com/cote-d-azur/l-… through @BFMCotedazur

https://www.bfmtv.com/cote-d-azur/l-us-air-force-embarque-le-satellite-azureen-thales-a-nice-direction-les-etats-unis_AV-202210150146.html

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US Air Force C5 Galaxy cargo plane successfully delivered SWOT oceanography satellite in California, yesterday at 10PM local Time. Meant to revolutionize the fields of #oceanography and #hydrology, the satellite will be launched from Vandenberg by @SpaceX in December. Stay tuned!

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Satellite to Study Earth’s Water Arrives at Launch Site

James Cawley Posted on October 20, 2022

The Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite arrived at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, where teams will begin final preparations for the spacecraft’s launch in December on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Center-4 East.

SWOT is the first satellite mission that will observe nearly all water on Earth’s surface, measuring the height of water in the planet’s lakes, rivers, reservoirs, and the ocean. SWOT’s instruments will be able to resolve ocean features like currents and eddies less than 60 miles (100 kilometers) across, lakes and reservoirs larger than 15 acres (6 hectares), and rivers wider than 330 feet (100 meters) across.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California built the scientific payload. In June 2021, JPL shipped the payload to France, where a multinational team integrated the Ka-band Radar Interferometer (KaRIn) and other finely tuned instruments with the satellite bus.

On Oct. 16, SWOT arrived at Vandenberg from France aboard a U.S. Air Force C-5 Galaxy aircraft and moved to the Astrotech Space Operations facility to begin launch processing. In the coming weeks, SWOT will undergo many steps in preparation for liftoff. Teams must encapsulate the satellite in a protective payload fairing, mate it to the rocket, and transport it to the launch pad before it’s ready to launch into space.

Once in orbit, SWOT will collect data from the ocean, helping researchers better understand how seawater absorbs atmospheric heat and carbon, a process that affects global temperatures and climate change. This data will also help researchers better understand coastal sea levels and, ultimately, how sea surface height will interact with a changing climate to affect things like storm surges.

SWOT will also provide the first comprehensive global survey of freshwater lakes, rivers, and reservoirs from space. The satellite will measure the height of the water in these water bodies, as well as their surface area, or extent. By helping track changes in water volume over time, the data will better equip scientists and water resource managers to monitor how much water flows into and out of Earth’s freshwater bodies.

SWOT is a collaboration between NASA and the French space agency Centre National d’Études Spatial (CNES), with contributions from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and the UK Space Agency. NASA’s Launch Services Program, based at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, is managing the launch service.

https://blogs.nasa.gov/swot/2022/10/20/satellite-to-study-earths-water-arrives-at-launch-site/

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Latest SWOT Applications Meeting (details such as agenda on initial page. There is a centrally located tab that says Details with an arrow.  Select the drop down arrow then select presentations to access all of the open door meeting presentations.):
https://swot.jpl.nasa.gov/events/29/9th-swot-applications-meeting/
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The ground service equipment for the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite arrives at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California on Oct. 13, 2022. SWOT is the first mission that will observe nearly all water on Earth’s surface, measuring the height of water in the planet’s lakes, rivers, reservoirs, and the ocean. The satellite is set to launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in December from Vandenberg’s Space Launch Center-4 East. NASA’s Launch Services Program, based at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, is managing the launch service. Photo credit: USSF 30th Space Wing/Anthony Mendez

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The Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite arrives at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California on Oct. 16, 2022. SWOT is the first mission that will observe nearly all water on Earth’s surface, measuring the height of water in the planet’s lakes, rivers, reservoirs, and the ocean. The satellite is set to launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in December from Vandenberg’s Space Launch Center-4 East. NASA’s Launch Services Program, based at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, is managing the launch service. Photo credit: USSF 30th Space Wing/Carlos Velasco

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The launch has slipped to Dec. 12 to allow more time to complete some technical tasks.

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NASA, the French space agency Centre National d’Études Spatiales (CNES), and SpaceX are now targeting Monday, Dec. 12, for the launch of the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch SWOT from Space Launch Complex-4 East at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.

After considering the schedule for completion of the satellite build, transportation of the SWOT spacecraft from France to Vandenberg , and carrying out the remaining launch campaign tasks, the team determined that additional time was needed to conduct these activities and ready the satellite for launch.

SWOT is the first satellite mission that will survey nearly all water on Earth’s surface. Its instruments will measure the height of water in the planet’s lakes, rivers, reservoirs, and the ocean in higher definition than ever before. This will help to inform water equity and water management decisions, provide new insights into Earth’s water and energy cycle, and help prepare communities for rising seas and changing coastlines in a warming climate.

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SFN Launch Schedule updated November 22:
11:46 UTC = 3:46 am PST
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We are all connected by water.

Meet some of the scientists and engineers contributing to a new Earth science mission, SWOT – a satellite that will track water on more than 90% of our world’s surface.

https://twitter.com/NASAJPL/status/1595116660980994048

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NASA photos of SWOT being prepared for transportation to SpaceX

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NextSpaceFlight, updated November 28:
Launch December 15, same time of day
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We’re getting closer to launching the #SWOTMission!

The Surface Water and Ocean Topography satellite is now at @SpaceX’s facility at Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Space Force Base to begin integration with the Falcon 9 rocket.

https://twitter.com/NASA_LSP/status/1597675217241145344

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