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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – MISSION SUMMARY - Jason-3 -
Full Name Jason-3 Status Currently being flown
Mission Agencies EUMETSAT, NOAA, CNES, NASA Launch Date 17 Jan 2016
Mission Links mission site | data access portal EOL Date Mar 2019
EO Portal Info
Orbit Type Inclined, non-sun-synchronous Orbit Period 112.4 minutes
Orbit Sense N/A Orbit Inclination 66 deg
Orbit Altitude 1336 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST Repeat Cycle 10 days
Objectives and Applications 3-year nominal mission lifetime, 5-year extended lifetime. Physical oceanography, geodesy/gravity, climate monitoring, marine meteorology.
Mission Measurements
CategoryParameterInstrument(s)
AtmosphereAtmospheric Humidity Fields AMR
Gravity and Magnetic FieldsGravity, Magnetic and Geodynamic measurements DORIS-NG, GPSP, LRA, POSEIDON-3B Altimeter
LandLandscape topography POSEIDON-3B Altimeter
OceanOcean topography/currents AMR, DORIS-NG, GPSP, LRA, POSEIDON-3B Altimeter
Ocean surface winds POSEIDON-3B Altimeter
Ocean wave height and spectrum POSEIDON-3B Altimeter
Mission Instruments
AMR - Advanced Microwave Radiometer
DORIS-NG - Doppler Orbitography and Radio-positioning Integrated by Satellite-NG
GPSP - Global Positioning System Payload
LRA - Laser Retroreflector Array
POSEIDON-3B Altimeter - Positioning Ocean Solid Earth Ice Dynamics Orbiting Navigator (Single frequency solid state radar altimeter)
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