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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – MISSION SUMMARY - QuikSCAT -
Full Name Quick Scatterometer Status Currently being flown
Mission Agencies NASA Launch Date 19 Jun 1999
Mission Links mission site EOL Date Oct 2017
EO Portal Info
Orbit Type Sun-synchronous Orbit Period 101 minutes
Orbit Sense Ascending Orbit Inclination 98.6 deg
Orbit Altitude 803 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST 6:00 Repeat Cycle
Objectives and Applications The 3-year nominal QuikSCAT mission life is complete, and it is currently in extended operations. Due to technical failure (the antenna stopped rotating in November 2009), and the instrument no longer collects ocean wind vector data. However it still provides calibration data for other on-orbit scatterometers, which enables the continuation of a climate-quality wind vector dataset. Mission is scheduled for desommissioning in 2014, but may be extended for cross-calibration activities with Rapidscat.
Mission Measurements
CategoryParameterInstrument(s)
OceanOcean surface winds SeaWinds
Mission Instruments
SeaWinds - SeaWinds
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