BackForward Satellite: EarthCARE 

Satellite details
Acronym EarthCARE
Full name Earth Clouds, Aerosol and Radiation Explorer
WIGOS Station Identifier ---
Satellite Description
  • Single flight unit of the EarthCARE programme.
  • Main mission: cloud/aerosol/radiation process study.
Mass at launch 2200 kg Dry mass 1546 kg
Power 1130 W
Data access link
Data access information
  • Data available from ESA Earth on-line catalog
Orbit Sunsynchronous orbit Altitude 394 km
ECT 14:00 desc


Space agency ESAJAXA
Status Commissioning
Details on Status
(as available)
Launch 29 May 2024 EOL ≥2027
Last update: 2024-05-29
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 EarthCARE

Acronym Full name
ATLID Atmospheric Lidar
BBR Broad-Band Radiometer
CPR Cloud Profiling Radar for Earth-CARE
MSI Multi-Spectral Imager for Earth-CARE
Show instrument status and calibration
Satellite frequencies for Earth Observation, data transfer and platform communications and control
Earth observation MW frequencies
Service Sensing mode Frequency (GHz) Bandwidth (MHz) Polarisation Comments
CPR active 94.05 GHz 7 MHz - W-band precipitation radar