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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – INSTRUMENT SUMMARY - RapidScat -
Full Name Rapid Scatterometer Status Operational
Instrument Agencies NASA Maturity
Instrument Type Scatterometers Geometry
Instrument Technology Radar scatterometer Sampling Imaging
Data Access Open Access Data Format
Measurements and Applications The RapidScat instrument replaced NASA's QuikScat Earth satellite. The instrument is currently on board the International Space Station and measures Earth's ocean surface wind speed and direction.
Resolution Summary 790 – 730 m (altitude dependent)
[Best Resolution: 730m]
Swath Summary 900 – 1100 km (altitude dependent)
[Max Swath: 1100 km]
Accuracy Summary
Waveband Summary Microwave: 13.4 GHz
Ku-Band (12.5 to 18 GHz)
Instrument Measurements
CategoryParameterAccuracy
Ocean surface windsWind vector over sea surface (horizontal) 
Instrument Missions
RapidScat-on-ISS - International Space Station/Rapid Scatterometer (2014 - 2017)
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