Full Name Atmosphere Observing System - Sky
aka AOS-Polar, Atmosphere Observing System-Polar (AOS-P)
Status Planned
Mission Agencies NASA, CSA, ECCC, UQAM, USask Launch Date 2031
Mission Links mission site EOL Date 2036
EO Portal Info NORAD Catalog #
International Designator
Orbit Type Sun-synchronous Orbit Period
Orbit Sense TBD Orbit Inclination 97.2 deg
Orbit Altitude 450 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST 13:30 Repeat Cycle
Objectives and Applications 3-year nominal mission life, 5-year goal. Study of aerosol-cloud-precipitation interactions, storm dynamics, energy and water cycles. The mission comprises a spacecraft with Doppler radar, microwave radiometer, backscatter Lidar, Polarimeter, and Far-Infrared imaging radiometer instruments.
Mission Measurements
Mission Instruments
AOS-Sky Lidar - Atmosphere Observing System-Sky lidar
AOS-Sky Microwave Radiometer - Atmosphere Observing System-Sky Microwave Radiometer
AOS-Sky Polarimeter - Atmosphere Observing System-Sky Polarimeter
AOS-Sky Radar - Atmosphere Observing System-Sky Radar
TICFIRE - Thin Ice Clouds in Far Infrared (IR) Experiment
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