BackForward Satellite: CryoSat-2 

Satellite details
Acronym CryoSat-2
Full name CryoSat-2
Satellite Description
  • 2nd flight unit of the CryoSat programme (1st actually flown because of CryoSat failured at launch).
  • Main mission: polar ice topography.
  • Substantial contribution to ocean observation.
Mass at launch 720 kg Dry mass 683 kg
Power 1700 W
Data access link
Data access information
  • Data available from Kiruna, with user interface managed by ESA/ESRIN (Frascati, Rome).
Orbit Drifting orbit Altitude 717 km
Inclination 92 °


Space agency ESA
Status Operational
Details on Status
(as available)
Launch 08 Apr 2010 EOL ≥2028
Last update: 2022-05-23
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-2

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 13575 MHz 350000.0  kHz - A   Ku-band radar altimeter