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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 Aug 2017
Mission Links EOL Date Nov 2022
EO Portal Info
Orbit Type Inclined, non-sun-synchronous Orbit Period 90 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 consists of two satellites (A, B) serving one mission.
Mission Measurements
CategoryParameterInstrument(s)
Gravity and Magnetic FieldsGravity, Magnetic and Geodynamic measurements GRACE instrument
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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