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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – MISSION SUMMARY - ICESat-2 -
Full Name Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite 2 Status Commissioning
Mission Agencies NASA Launch Date 15 Sep 2018
Mission Links mission site | data access portal EOL Date 31 Dec 2021
EO Portal Info
Orbit Type Inclined, non-sun-synchronous Orbit Period 97 minutes
Orbit Sense TBD Orbit Inclination 92 deg
Orbit Altitude 500 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST Repeat Cycle 91 days
Objectives and Applications 3-year nominal mission life, 5-year goal. Continue the assessment of polar ice changes and measure vegetation canopy heights, allowing estimates of biomass and carbon in aboveground vegetation in conjunction with related missions, and allow measurements of solid earth properties.
Mission Measurements
CategoryParameterInstrument(s)
AtmosphereAerosols ATLAS
Cloud type, amount and cloud top temperature ATLAS
Cloud particle properties and profile ATLAS
LandLandscape topography ATLAS
Vegetation ATLAS
Snow & IceIce sheet topography ATLAS
Sea ice cover, edge and thickness ATLAS
Mission Instruments
ATLAS - Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System
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