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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – MISSION SUMMARY - GRACE-FO -
Full Name Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment - Follow-on Status Approved
Mission Agencies NASA, GFZ Launch Date Jan 2018
Mission Links mission site | data access portal EOL Date May 2023
EO Portal Info
Orbit Type Inclined, non-sun-synchronous Orbit Period 98 minutes
Orbit Sense TBD Orbit Inclination 89 deg
Orbit Altitude 500 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST Repeat Cycle
Objectives and Applications 5-year nominal mission life, Extremely high precision gravity measurements for use in construction of gravity field models. GRACE-FO will consists of two satellites (A, B) serving one mission in the same manner as the original GRACE mission
Mission Measurements
CategoryParameterInstrument(s)
Gravity and Magnetic FieldsGravity, Magnetic and Geodynamic measurements GRACE instrument, LRI, MWI
LandSoil moisture GRACE instrument
OceanOcean topography/currents GRACE instrument
Mission Instruments
GRACE instrument - GRACE instrument
LRI - Laser Ranging Instrument
MWI - Microwave Instrument
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