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Full Name Global Precipitation Measurement Mission Core spacecraft Status Currently being flown
Mission Agencies NASA, JAXA Launch Date 27 Feb 2014
Mission Links mission site | mission site | data access portal | data access portal EOL Date May 2017
EO Portal Info
Orbit Type Inclined, non-sun-synchronous Orbit Period 95 minutes
Orbit Sense TBD Orbit Inclination 65 deg
Orbit Altitude 407 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST N/A Repeat Cycle
Objectives and Applications 3-year nominal mission life, 5-year goal. Study of global precipitation, evaporation, and cycling of water are changing. The mission comprises a primary spacecraft with active and passive microwave instruments, and a number of ‘constellation spacecraft' with passive microwave instruments.
Mission Measurements
CategoryParameterInstrument(s)
AtmosphereAtmospheric Humidity Fields GMI
Cloud particle properties and profile DPR, GMI
Liquid water and precipitation rate DPR, GMI
Radiation budget GMI
LandSoil moisture GMI
OceanOcean surface winds GMI
Surface temperature (ocean) GMI
Mission Instruments
DPR - Dual-frequency Precipitation Radar
GMI - GPM Microwave Imager
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