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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – MISSION SUMMARY - CryoSat-2 -
Full Name CryoSat-2 (Earth Explorer Opportunity Mission) Status Currently being flown
Mission Agencies ESA Launch Date 08 Apr 2010
Mission Links mission site EOL Date Dec 2021
EO Portal Info
Orbit Type Inclined, non-sun-synchronous Orbit Period 100 minutes
Orbit Sense N/A Orbit Inclination 92 deg
Orbit Altitude 717 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST 0.25 degree nodal regression per day Repeat Cycle 369 days
Objectives and Applications To determine fluctuations in the mass of the Earth’s major land and marine ice fields.
Mission Measurements
CategoryParameterInstrument(s)
Gravity and Magnetic FieldsGravity, Magnetic and Geodynamic measurements DORIS-NG, Laser Reflectors (ESA)
LandLandscape topography SIRAL
OceanOcean topography/currents DORIS-NG
Snow & IceIce sheet topography SIRAL
Sea ice cover, edge and thickness SIRAL
Mission Instruments
DORIS-NG - Doppler Orbitography and Radio-positioning Integrated by Satellite-NG
Laser Reflectors (ESA) - Laser Reflectors
SIRAL - SAR Interferometer Radar Altimeter
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