BackForward Satellite: PARASOL 

Satellite details
Full name Polarisation et Anisotropie des Réflectances au sommet de l'Atmosphère, couplées avec un Satellite d'Observation emportant un Lidar
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Satellite Description
  • Single flight unit of the PARASOL programme.
  • Main mission: aerosol and radiation process study.
Mass at launch 120 kg Dry mass 115 kg
Power 180 W
Data access link no link provided
Data access information
  • Data available from the ICARE Data Processing and Management Center in Lille.
Orbit Sunsynchronous orbit Altitude 700 km
ECT 15:20 asc


Space agency CNES
Status Inactive
Details on Status
(as available)
  • Orbit altitude lowered from the original 705 km (in the A-Train) in two steps, in December 2009 and November 2011, respectively.
  • Decommissioned on 18 December 2013, exactly 9 years after launch.
Launch 18 Dec 2004 EOL 18 Dec 2013
Last update: 2015-07-28
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 PARASOL

Acronym Full name
POLDER Polarization and Directionality of the Earth’s Reflectances
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