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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – MISSION SUMMARY - SCISAT-1 -
Full Name SCISAT-I/ACE Status Currently being flown
Mission Agencies CSA, ESA, NASA Launch Date 12 Aug 2003
Mission Links mission site EOL Date Mar 2018
EO Portal Info
Orbit Type Inclined, non-sun-synchronous Orbit Period 97.7 minutes
Orbit Sense N/A Orbit Inclination 74 deg
Orbit Altitude 650 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST Repeat Cycle 365 days
Objectives and Applications The SCISAT satellite has been in continuous spaceflight operation since 2003. It now measures over sixty (60) atmospheric species at still one of the world’s highest vertical resolutions possible, and includes ozone, methane, and multiple CFCs. Many of these species are measured by no other instrument or satellite world-wide, making Canada the sole provider of these datasets globally. As of 2015, the objectives of the mission are to validate data used in: Environment Canada’s Air Quality Health Index, retrieve winds for forecasting, and retrieve chemical information from operational meteorological instruments. Additional objectives are to assess the quality of model predictions for: EC’s UV forecasting system, atmospheric carbon transport, and climate-chemistry process studies.
Mission Measurements
CategoryParameterInstrument(s)
AtmosphereAerosols ACE-FTS, MAESTRO
Atmospheric Humidity Fields MAESTRO
Atmospheric Winds ACE-FTS
Cloud particle properties and profile ACE-FTS, MAESTRO
Ozone ACE-FTS, MAESTRO
Trace gases (excluding ozone) ACE-FTS, MAESTRO
Atmospheric Temperature Fields ACE-FTS
Mission Instruments
ACE-FTS - Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment (ACE) Fourier Transform Spectrometer
MAESTRO - Measurements of Aerosol Extinction in the Stratosphere and Troposphere Retrieved by Occultation
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