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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – MISSION SUMMARY - EarthCARE -
Full Name EarthCARE Status Approved
Mission Agencies ESA, JAXA Launch Date Dec 2018
Mission Links mission site EOL Date Dec 2021
EO Portal Info
Orbit Type Sun-synchronous Orbit Period
Orbit Sense Descending Orbit Inclination 97 deg
Orbit Altitude 393 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST 14:00 Repeat Cycle 25 days
Objectives and Applications To Improve the understanding of atmospheric cloud–aerosol interactions and of the Earth's radiative balance towards enhancing climate and numerical weather prediction models. The 2 active and 2 passive instruments of EarthCARE make unique data product synergies possible.
Mission Measurements
CategoryParameterInstrument(s)
AtmosphereAerosols ATLID, MSI (EarthCARE)
Cloud type, amount and cloud top temperature ATLID, CPR (EarthCARE), MSI (EarthCARE)
Cloud particle properties and profile ATLID, CPR (EarthCARE), MSI (EarthCARE)
Liquid water and precipitation rate CPR (EarthCARE)
Radiation budget BBR (EarthCARE)
Atmospheric Temperature Fields ATLID, CPR (EarthCARE)
Mission Instruments
ATLID - ATmospheric LIDar
BBR (EarthCARE) - BroadBand Radiometer (EarthCARE)
CPR (EarthCARE) - Cloud Profiling Radar (EarthCARE)
MSI (EarthCARE) - Multi-Spectral Imager (EarthCARE)
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