Single satellite programme for polar ice observation. Actually two satellites, the 1st failed at launch.
Earth Explorer opportunity mission in the framework of the ESA Living Planet programme: ESA responsible of development and operations.
The platform is actively stabilised over 3 axes.
The design life time of the satellite is 3.5 years.
The satellite exploits a high-inclination drifting orbit.
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Onboard data stored and downlinked to the Kiruna station (Sweden).
Data processing and distribution from Kiruna, with user interface managed by ESA/ESRIN (Frascati, Rome).
2005 - 2028
Associated satellites and instruments
Note: red tag => no longer operational , green tag => operational
, blue tag => planned