BackForward Satellite: CryoSat 

Satellite details
Acronym CryoSat
Full name CryoSat
Satellite Description
  • 1st flight unit of the CryoSat programme.
  • Main mission: polar ice topography.
  • Substantial contribution to ocean and land topography.
Mass at launch 670 kg Dry mass 634 kg
Power 1600 W
Data access link no link provided
Data access information
  • N/A (satellite failed at launch)
Orbit Sunsynchronous orbit Altitude 717 km
Inclination 92 °


Space agency ESA
Status Inactive
Details on Status
(as available)
Launch 08 Oct 2005 EOL 08 Oct 2005
Last update: 2021-03-11
Associated satellite programme and related satellites

Note: red tag: no longer operational , green tag: operational , blue tag : future

Satellite Payload

All known Instruments flying on CryoSat

Acronym Full name
DORIS Doppler Orbitography and Radiopositioning Integrated by Satellite
LRR Laser Retro-Reflector
SIRAL SAR Interferometer Radar Altimeter
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Telecommunication frequency or microwave sensing channel information Show expert details
Service Dir or Mode Frequency Emission designator Bandwidth Polarisation D/A Data rate or Baseband Comments
DORIS E-S 401.25 MHz 23K0G1D 23  kHz RHCP D   Precise positioning by DORIS
DORIS E-S 2036.25 MHz 95K0G1D 95  kHz RHCP D   Precise positioning by DORIS
SIRAL active 13560 - 13560 MHz N/R  kHz - A   Ku-band radar altimeter