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Satellite details
Acronym ICON
Full name Ionospheric Connection Explorer
WIGOS Station Identifier ---
Satellite Description
  • ICON will collect data needed to establish the connection between storms that occur near Earth’s surface and space-weather storms, to improve space weather prediction. 
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Mass at launch 288 kg Dry mass
Data access link
Data access information

The ICON data products are available online. The retrieved quantities are all provided with appropriate uncertainties, and all variables are described in detail in notes.

Orbit Drifting orbit Altitude 575 km
Inclination 27 °


Space agency NASA
Status Operational
Details on Status
(as available)
Launch 11 Oct 2019 EOL ≥2024
Last update: 2022-10-21
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 ICON

Acronym Full name
IVM In-situ Ion Velocity Meter
EUV Extreme Ultra Violet Imaging Spectrograph
FUV Far Ultra Violet Imaging Spectrograph
MIGHTI Michelson Interferometer for Global High-resolution Thermospheric Imaging
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