- Category: Tech & Science
- Published Sunday, January 17, 2016
- CTV News
A U.S.-European satellite designed to detect and measure ocean phenomena has launched aboard a SpaceX rocket under mostly cloudy skies from the California coast.
Liftoff occurred as planned at 10:42 a.m. Sunday from Vandenberg Air Force Base, northwest of Los Angeles.
After sending the Jason-3 satellite into orbit the Falcon 9 rocket will attempt to land its discarded first stage on a floating barge in the Pacific Ocean.
The mission of Jason-3 is to continue an unbroken record of more than two decades of sea level measurements from orbit.
Like its predecessors, Jason-3 is equipped with radar altimeter to bounce microwave energy off the ocean and a GPS system to identify the satellite's precise location.
The cost of the mission, including five years of operation, was put at $180 million.