BackForward Satellite: ERS-2 

Satellite details
Acronym ERS-2
Full name European Remote-sensing Satellite - 2
Satellite Description
  • 2nd (last) flight unit of the ERS programme.
  • Main missions: ocean observation.
  • Substantial contribution to land observation and atmospheric chemistry.
  • Significant contribution to Solid Earth.
Mass at launch 2516 kg Dry mass 2216 kg
Power 2000 W
Data access link no link provided
Data access information
  • Most products available from the PAFs (UK-PAF, D-PAF, I-PAF and F-PAF).
  • Several products available in Near-Real-Time.
  • Product of meteorological interest available on the GTS through the Regional Telecommunication Hub (RTH) of Rome.
Orbit Sunsynchronous orbit Altitude 785 km
ECT 10:30 desc


Space agency ESA
Status Inactive
Details on Status
(as available)
  • Onboard storage capability lost in June 2003.
  • PRARE switched off on 31 December 2007.
  • ATSR-2 failed in February 2008.
Launch 21 Apr 1995 EOL 06 Jul 2011
Last update: 2019-10-30
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 ERS-2

Acronym Full name
AMI-SAR Active Microwave Instrument - Synthetic Aperture Antenna
AMI-SCAT Active Microwave Instrument - Scatterometer
ATSR-2 Along-Track Scanning Radiometer - 2
GOME Global Ozone Monitoring Experiment
LRR Laser Retro-Reflector
MWR Micro-Wave Radiometer
PRARE Precise Range And Range-rate Equipment
RA 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
RA active 13800 - 13800 MHz N/R  kHz - A   Ku-band radar altimeter
MWR passive 23800 MHz 650000  kHz - A   Water vapour channel (supporting altimeter)
MWR passive 36500 MHz 650000  kHz - A   Window channel (supporting altimeter)
AMI-SCAT active 5300 - 5300 MHz N/R  kHz - A   C-band scatterometer
AMI-SAR active 5300 - 5300 MHz N/R  kHz - A   C-band SAR