Observing Systems Capability Analysis and Review Tool
Satellite Programme: Picard
Single-satellite programme, addressing solar irradiance.
French programme: CNES responsible of development and operations supported by other institutes, especially the CNRS/SA (Service d'Aéronomie), Verrières-le-Buisson, France.
The platform is actively stabilised over 3 axes.
The design life time is 2 years.
The satellite exploits a dawn-dusk sunsynchronous orbit at 6:00.
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Onboard stored and real-time data are managed by CNES from the Toulouse centre.
The scientific data are managed by the Picard Scientific Mission Center-Picard (CMS-P), located in Brussels, connected with several Expert Centres.
2010 - 2014
Associated satellites and instruments
Note: red tag => no longer operational , green tag => operational , blue tag => planned
(2010 - 2014)