BackForwardInstrument:  A-DCS 

Instrument details
Acronym A-DCS
Full name Advanced Data Collection System (also called "Argos-3")
Purpose Data collection from in-situ Data Collection Platforms, with location capability
Short description Transponder of messages from self-timed Data Collection Platforms, and location of the platform. Receiver frequency: 401.65 MHz with margins from - 70 to + 40 kHz (110 kHz bandwith). DCP bit rate: basic: 400 bps; maximum 4800 bps
Background Successor of DCS/2 (flown from NOAA-15 to NOAA-18) with the additional capability of sending messages to the Data Collection Platform (at 466 MHz) for the purpose of changing its configuration
Scanning Technique N/A
Resolution N/A
Coverage / Cycle N/A
Mass 30 kg Power 72 W Data Rate 400 to 4800 bps


Providing Agency CNES
Instrument Maturity Flown on operational programme
Utilization Period: 2007-05-15 to ≥2043
Last update: 2018-02-17
Detailed characteristics
Satellites this instrument is flying on

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Instrument classification
  • Other payload component
  • Data Collection System
Mission objectives
No mission objectives have been defined.
Tentative Evaluation of Measurements

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