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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – MISSION SUMMARY - PCW-1 -
Full Name Polar Communications and Weather-1 Status Considered
Mission Agencies CSA, DND, EnvCan Launch Date 2021
Mission Links mission site EOL Date 2036
EO Portal Info
Orbit Type Highly elliptical Orbit Period 718 minutes
Orbit Sense N/A Orbit Inclination 63.4 deg
Orbit Altitude Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST N/A Repeat Cycle 1 days
Objectives and Applications Continuous meteorological observation and communications service to the Arctic.
Mission Measurements
CategoryParameterInstrument(s)
AtmosphereAerosols PCWMP
Atmospheric Humidity Fields PCW PHEOS - Atmospheric
Cloud type, amount and cloud top temperature PCW PHEOS - Atmospheric, PCWMP
Liquid water and precipitation rate PCWMP
Ozone PCW PHEOS - Atmospheric
Trace gases (excluding ozone) PCW PHEOS - Atmospheric
Atmospheric Temperature Fields PCW PHEOS - Atmospheric
Gravity and Magnetic FieldsGravity, Magnetic and Geodynamic measurements PCW PHEOS - Solar-Terrestrial
LandVegetation PCWMP
OceanSurface temperature (ocean) PCWMP
Snow & IceSnow cover, edge and depth PCWMP
Sea ice cover, edge and thickness PCWMP
Mission Instruments
PCW PHEOS - Atmospheric - Polar Highly Elliptical Orbit Science Weather, Climate & Air Quality Mission
PCW PHEOS - Solar-Terrestrial - Polar Highly Elliptical Orbit Science, Solar-Terrestrial Mission
PCWMP - PCW Meteorological Payload (1 on each PCW S/C)
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