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Satellite Programme: Quick Scatterometer Mission
Single-satellite programme to provide continuity of sea-surface wind observation after the early failure of ADEOS-1 with NSCAT.
Programme framed in the NASA Earth Science Enterprise (ESE). NASA responsible of development and operations.
The platform is actively stabilised over 3 axes.
The design life time is 3 years.
The satellite is on a sunsynchronous dawn-dusk orbit at 6:00.
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Onboard stored data are downlinked to stations at Svalbard, Wallops (Virginia), Poker Flats (Alaska), McMurdo (Antarctica) and Hatoyama, Japan (for contingency)
Near-real-time processing performed by NOAA/NESDIS.
1999 - 2009
Associated satellites and instruments
Note: red tag => no longer operational , green tag => operational , blue tag => planned
Quick Scatterometer Mission
(1999 - 2009)