France: The European Space Agency (ESA) and Airbus Defence and Space have signed a €177 million development and production contract for the Jason CS/Sentinel-6 satellite. Jason CS/Sentinel-6 is a mission to carry out high-precision measurements of ocean surface topography. The implementation of the second satellite will follow the approval of the programme by Eumetsat’s council in June and it is co-funded by Eumetsat and by the European Union via the Copernicus programme.
The satellites are expected to measure their distance to the oceans’ surfaces with an accuracy of a few centimeters and use the data to map it globally. The cycle will be repeated every 10 days. The measurements made are believed to be vital for modeling the oceans and predicting rises in sea levels. The data will also be used increasingly for weather forecasts and storm surge warnings
Source: Airbus Defence and Space