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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – MISSION SUMMARY - Sentinel-6 A -
Full Name Sentinel-6 A
aka Jason-CS A
Status Planned
Mission Agencies ESA, CNES, COM, EUMETSAT, NASA, NOAA Launch Date 2020
Mission Links EOL Date 2025
EO Portal Info
Orbit Type Inclined, non-sun-synchronous Orbit Period 112.4 minutes
Orbit Sense N/A Orbit Inclination 66.05 deg
Orbit Altitude 1342 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST Repeat Cycle
Objectives and Applications To provide continuity of the reference, high-precision ocean topography service after Jason-3
Mission Measurements
CategoryParameterInstrument(s)
AtmosphereAerosols GNSS POD Receiver
Atmospheric Humidity Fields AMR-C, TriG
Atmospheric Temperature Fields GNSS POD Receiver, TriG
Gravity and Magnetic FieldsGravity, Magnetic and Geodynamic measurements DORIS-NG, GNSS POD Receiver, Poseidon-4 Altimeter
LandLandscape topography Poseidon-4 Altimeter
OceanOcean topography/currents AMR-C, DORIS-NG, Poseidon-4 Altimeter
Ocean surface winds Poseidon-4 Altimeter
Ocean wave height and spectrum Poseidon-4 Altimeter
Mission Instruments
AMR-C - AMR-C Climate-quality microwave radiometer
DORIS-NG - Doppler Orbitography and Radio-positioning Integrated by Satellite-NG
GNSS POD Receiver - GNSS POD Receiver
LRA (Sentinel-6) - Laser Retroreflector Array (Sentinel-6)
Poseidon-4 Altimeter - Poseidon-4 SAR Radar Altimeter
TriG - TriG Receiver for Radio Occultation
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