CEOS EO HANDBOOK – MISSION SUMMARY - QuikSCAT -
Full Name Quick Scatterometer Status Mission complete
Mission Agencies NASA Launch Date 19 Jun 1999
Mission Links mission site | data access portal EOL Date 02 Oct 2018
EO Portal Info NORAD Catalog # 25789 (TLE)
International Designator 1999-034A
Orbit Type Sun-synchronous Orbit Period 101 minutes
Orbit Sense Ascending Orbit Inclination 98.6 deg
Orbit Altitude 803 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST 6:00 Repeat Cycle
Objectives and Applications The 3-year nominal QuikSCAT mission life is complete, and it is currently in extended operations. Due to technical failure (the antenna stopped rotating in November 2009), and the instrument no longer collects ocean wind vector data. However it still provides calibration data for other on-orbit scatterometers, which enables the continuation of a climate-quality wind vector dataset. Mission is scheduled for desommissioning in 2014, but may be extended for cross-calibration activities with Rapidscat.
Mission Measurements
CategoryParameterInstrument(s)
OceanOcean surface winds SeaWinds
Mission Instruments
SeaWinds - SeaWinds
OpenSearch Datasets Selected IDN OpenSearch Results (search all 32 )
ADAM Surface Reflectance Database v4.0
Co-Registered AMSR-E, QuikSCAT, and WMO Data, Version 1
Cross-Calibrated Multi-Platform Ocean Surface Wind Velocity, 1987 - ongoing
Data from the Scatterometer Climate Record Pathfinder
Dynamics and Chemistry of Marine Stratocumulus Phase II (DYCOMS-II) at UCAR/JOSS/NOAA/CODIAC
Freeze-Thaw Earth System Data Record
Global improved QuikSCAT weekly wind speed data and climatologies for 1999-2004 (NCEI Accession 0177 ...
Global Monthly and Seasonal Urban and Land Backscatter Time Series, 1993-2020
NASA SCP Arctic and Antarctic Ice Extent from QuikSCAT, 1999-2009, Version 2
Ocean Surface Current Analyses Real-time (OSCAR) Surface Currents - Final 0.25 Degree (Version 2.0)

Selected FedEO OpenSearch Results (view all 2 results: browser , table )
OSI SAF Reprocessed SeaWinds L2 25 km winds. CLIMATE APPLICATIONS: - Re-analyses of atmospheric and ...
OSI SAF Reprocessed SeaWinds L2 50 km winds. CLIMATE APPLICATIONS: - Re-analyses of atmospheric and ...

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