Single-satellite programme to bridge the Envisat mission to the Sentinel-5 mission embarked on MetOp Second Generation.
ESA programme co-sponsored by the European Commission in the context of the Copernicus programme (formerly: GMES, Global Monitoring for Environment and Security). ESA responsible of development and operations. Instrument contributed by the Netherlands Space Office (NSO).
The platform is actively stabilised over 3 axes.
The design life time is 7 years.
The satellite exploits a sunsynchronous orbit around 13:30, in formation with Suomi-NPP and JPSS.
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The global data are stored onboard and downlinked to the Svalbard station.
Data are processed at the Payload Data Ground Segment (PDGS) located at DLR in Oberpfaffenhofen.
2017 - 2024
Associated satellites and instruments
Note: red tag => no longer operational , green tag => operational
, blue tag => planned