CEOS EO HANDBOOK – MISSION SUMMARY - ICESat-2 -
Full Name Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite 2 Status Operational (nominal)
Mission Agencies NASA Launch Date 15 Sep 2018
Mission Links mission site | data access portal EOL Date Sep 2026
EO Portal Info NORAD Catalog # 43613 (TLE)
International Designator 2018-070A
Orbit Type Inclined, non-sun-synchronous Orbit Period 97 minutes
Orbit Sense TBD Orbit Inclination 92 deg
Orbit Altitude 500 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST Repeat Cycle 91 days
Objectives and Applications 3-year nominal mission life, 5-year goal. Continue the assessment of polar ice changes and measure vegetation canopy heights, allowing estimates of biomass and carbon in aboveground vegetation in conjunction with related missions, and allow measurements of solid earth properties.
Mission Measurements
CategoryParameterInstrument(s)
AtmosphereAerosols ATLAS
Cloud type, amount and cloud top temperature ATLAS
Cloud particle properties and profile ATLAS
LandLandscape topography ATLAS
Vegetation ATLAS
Snow & IceIce sheet topography ATLAS
Sea ice cover, edge and thickness ATLAS
Mission Instruments
ATLAS - Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System
OpenSearch Datasets Selected IDN OpenSearch Results (search all 72 )
Aboveground Biomass Density for High Latitude Forests from ICESat-2, 2020
ATLAS/ICESat-2 L1B Converted Telemetry Data V006
ATLAS/ICESat-2 L1B Converted Telemetry Data V006
ATLAS/ICESat-2 L2A Global Geolocated Photon Data V006
ATLAS/ICESat-2 L2A Global Geolocated Photon Data V006
ATLAS/ICESat-2 L2A Normalized Relative Backscatter Profiles V006
ATLAS/ICESat-2 L2A Normalized Relative Backscatter Profiles V006
ATLAS/ICESat-2 L3A Along Track Inland Surface Water Data Quick Look V006
ATLAS/ICESat-2 L3A Along Track Inland Surface Water Data V006
ATLAS/ICESat-2 L3A Along Track Inland Surface Water Data V006

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