BackForward Satellite: ICESat-2 

Satellite details
Acronym ICESat-2
Full name Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite
Satellite Description
  • 2nd flight unit of the ICESat programme.
  • Main mission; polar ice observation and ice sheet mass balance, with capability to derive sea ice thickness.
  • Sustantial contribution to cloud and aerosol profiling
  • Significant contribution to land topography and vegetation canopy.
Mass at launch Dry mass
Power
Data access link http://nsidc.org/data/icesat/
Data access information
  • Data available from the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSDIC), Boulder.
Orbit Drifting orbit Altitude 478 km
Inclination 92 °

 

Space agency NASA
Status Planned
Details on Status
(as available)
  • Launch scheduled for 12 September 2018.
Launch Sep 2018 EOL ≥2023
Last update: 2018-01-18
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 ICESat-2

Acronym Full name
ATLAS Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System
LRA Laser Retroreflector Array
TRSR Turbo Rogue Space Receiver
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