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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – MISSION SUMMARY - SMOS -
Full Name Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (Earth Explorer Opportunity Mission) Status Operational (nominal)
Mission Agencies ESA, CDTI, CNES Launch Date 02 Nov 2009
Mission Links mission site EOL Date Dec 2021
EO Portal Info NORAD Catalog # 36036 (TLE)
International Designator 2009-059A
Orbit Type Sun-synchronous Orbit Period 100.075 minutes
Orbit Sense Ascending Orbit Inclination 98.44 deg
Orbit Altitude 758 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST 6:00 Repeat Cycle 23 days
Objectives and Applications Overall objectives are to provide global observations of two crucial variables for modelling the weather and climate, soil moisture and ocean salinity. It will also monitor the vegetation water content, snow cover and ice structure.
Mission Measurements
CategoryParameterInstrument(s)
LandSoil moisture MIRAS (SMOS)
OceanOcean Salinity MIRAS (SMOS)
Mission Instruments
MIRAS (SMOS) - Microwave Imaging Radiometer using Aperture Synthesis (MIRAS)
OpenSearch Datasets Selected IDN OpenSearch Results (search all 16 )
Multi-Mission Optimally Interpolated Sea Surface Salinity Global Dataset V1
Multi-Mission Optimally Interpolated Sea Surface Salinity Global Dataset V1
SMOS Auxiliary Data
SMOS L3 Daily Wind Speed
SMOS L3 Sea Ice Thickness
SMOS Level 1B Full Polarisation
SMOS Level 1C Browse Full Polarisation Land/Sea
SMOS Level 1C Full Polarisation Land/Sea
SMOS Level 2 Ocean Salinity
SMOS Level 2 Soil Moisture

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