Registration is open for U.S. and international media to cover the July 22 launch of Jason-3, the fourth mission in a series of satellite missions that measure the height of the ocean surface.

The Jason-3 mission, led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will launch from Space Launch Complex 4 East at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Due to U.S. Air Force security requirements, international media must apply for accreditation at least 30 days before the launch. 

Jason-3 is the latest in a series of U.S.-European satellite international missions that have been measuring the height of the ocean surface for 23 years. Sea level height is a critical piece of evidence about Earth’s natural cycles and climate change. Knowing sea level height also improves hurricane forecasts, navigation and the efficiency of fisheries and other offshore industries.

To apply, media should contact Capt. Selena Rodts at 805-606-3595, or by fax at 805-606-4571. To mail an accreditation request, send the required information to Rodts at 30th Space Wing Public Affairs Office, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California 93437.

International media must provide their full legal name, date of birth, nationality, passport number and media affiliation. U.S. media must provide their full legal name, date of birth and media affiliation. A valid legal photo identification will be required for all media upon arrival at Vandenberg.

The Jason-3 project is managed within NASA by the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. NASA’s Launch Services Program at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida is responsible for launch vehicle program management of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

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