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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – MISSION SUMMARY - GOCE -
Full Name Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer Status Mission complete
Mission Agencies ESA Launch Date 17 Mar 2009
Mission Links mission site EOL Date 21 Oct 2013
EO Portal Info
Orbit Type Sun-synchronous Orbit Period 90 minutes
Orbit Sense Ascending Orbit Inclination 96.7 deg
Orbit Altitude 270 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST 18:00 Repeat Cycle 61 days
Objectives and Applications Research in steady-state ocean circulation, physics of Earth's interior and levelling systems (based on GPS). Will also provide unique data set required to formulate global and regional models of the Earth's gravity field and geoid.
Mission Measurements
CategoryParameterInstrument(s)
Gravity and Magnetic FieldsGravity, Magnetic and Geodynamic measurements EGG, GPS (ESA), Laser Reflectors (ESA)
Mission Instruments
EGG - 3-Axis Electrostatic Gravity Gradiometer
GPS (ESA) - GPS Receiver
Laser Reflectors (ESA) - Laser Reflectors
LRR - Laser retro-Reflector
SSTI - Satellite-to-Satellite Tracking Instrument
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