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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – CATALOGUE OF SATELLITE MISSIONS
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3D Winds
Three Dimensional Tropospheric Winds from Space Based Lidar

NASAConsidered20302033Phase-3 DS Mission, launch order unknown, 3-year nominal mission. Tropospheric winds for weather forecasting and pollution transport.HDWL (3D Winds)Type: Sun-synchronous
Altitude: 400 km
Period:
Inclination: 97.03 deg
Repeat cycle: 12 days
LST: 6:00
Longitude (if geo):
Asc/desc: Ascending
Links: mission site
ACE
Aerosol Clouds and Ecosystem Mission

NASAConsidered20222023Phase-2 DS Mission, launch order unknown, 3-year nominal mission. Aerosol and cloud profiles for climate and water cycle; ocean colour for open ocean biogeochemistry.Cloud Radar, Lidar, Multi-band UV/VIS Spectrometer (ACE), Next Gen APS (ACE), OCIType: Sun-synchronous
Altitude: 650 km
Period:
Inclination: 98.2 deg
Repeat cycle:
LST: 13:00
Longitude (if geo):
Asc/desc: Ascending
Links: mission site
ASCENDS
Active Sensing of CO2 Emissions over Nights, Days, and Seasons

NASAConsidered20222025Phase-2 DS Mission, launch order unknown, 3-year nominal mission. Day/night, all-latitude, all-season CO2 column integrals for climate emissions.CO Sensor (ASCENDS), CO2 and O2 LIDAR (ASCENDS)Type: Sun-synchronous
Altitude: 450 km
Period: 97.3 mins
Inclination:
Repeat cycle:
LST: 10:30
Longitude (if geo):
Asc/desc: Ascending
Links: mission site
CDARS
CDARS

NOAA / USAFConsidered20202025Maintain three-orbit continuity for the Argos and SARSAT-COSPAS programs.ARGOS-4, S&R (NOAA)Type: Sun-synchronous
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Asc/desc: Ascending
Links: mission site
FY-3G
FY-3G Polar-orbiting Meteorological Satellite

NSMC-CMA / NRSCCConsidered20222027Meteorology and environmental monitoring; data collection and redistribution.ASI, ERM-2, GNOS, HIRAS, MERSI-2, MVIRS, MWHS-2, MWTS-2, SIM-2Type: Sun-synchronous
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LST: 10:00
Longitude (if geo):
Asc/desc: Descending
Links: mission site | data access
FY-3RM-1
FY-3 Rainfall Mission

NSMC-CMAConsidered20212026Raifall measurement.GNOS, MERSI-S, MWRI, PRType:
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GACM
Global Atmospheric Composition Mission

NASAConsidered20302033Phase-3 DS Mission, launch order unknown, 3-year nominal mission. Ozone and related gases for intercontinental air quality and stratospheric ozone layer prediction.IR Spectrometer(GACM), Microwave limb sounder (GACM), UV Spectrometer (GACM)Type: Sun-synchronous
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Links: mission site
GEO-CAPE
Geostationary Coastal and Air Pollution Events

NASAConsidered20232026Phase-2 DS Mission, launch order unknown, 3-year nominal mission. Atmospheric gas columns for air quality forecasts; ocean colour for coastal ecosystem health and climate emissions.Event Imaging Spectrometer from GEO (GeoCape), IR Correlation Radiometer (GeoCape), UV/Vis Near IR Wide Imaging Spectrometer (Geo-Cape)Type: Geostationary
Altitude: 42000 km
Period:
Inclination:
Repeat cycle: 1 day
LST:
Longitude (if geo): 80
Asc/desc: N/A
Links: mission site | data access
GRACE-II
Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment II

NASAConsidered20302033Phase-3 DS Mission, launch order unknown, 3-year nominal mission. High temporal resolution gravity fields for tracking large scale water movement.GRACE instrumentType: Inclined, non-sun-synchronous
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Longitude (if geo):
Asc/desc: TBD
Links: mission site
HY-1D
Ocean color satellite D

NSOAS / CASTConsidered20182021Detecting ocean colour and sea surface temperature.COCTS, CZIType: Sun-synchronous
Altitude: 798 km
Period:
Inclination: 98.6 deg
Repeat cycle: 7 days
LST: 10:30
Longitude (if geo):
Asc/desc: Descending
Links: mission site
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