Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite
1st flight unit of the ICESat programme.
Main mission; polar ice observation and ice sheet mass balance, with capability to derive sea ice thickness.
Substantial contribution to cloud and aerosol profiling.
Significant contribution to land topography.
Mass at launch
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Data access information
Data available from the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSDIC), Boulder.
Details on Status
Due to early failure of one of three redundant lasers on 29 March 2003, ICESat was operated in a campaign-style mode for periods of 1-2 months duration each.
12 Jan 2003
14 Aug 2010
Associated satellite programme and related satellites
Note: red tag: no longer operational , green tag: operational ,
blue tag : future
All known Instruments flying on
GLAS Geoscience Laser Altimeter System
LRA Laser Retroreflector Array
TRSR Turbo Rogue Space Receiver
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