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Satellite details
Acronym Aqua
Full name Earth Observation System - Aqua
Satellite Description
  • 2nd flight unit of the EOS programme.
  • Main mission: demonstration of advanced sensors for operational meteorology.
  • Substantial contribution to land and ocean observation, aerosol, atmospheric radiation.
Mass at launch 2934 kg Dry mass 2832 kg
Power 4860 W
Data access link https://directreadout.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/?id=dspContent&cid=14
Data access information
  • All data available in real-time through X-band Direct Broadcast. More info at NASA Direct Readout Laboratory.
  • All data available off-line from EOSDIS.
Orbit Sunsynchronous orbit Altitude 705 km
ECT 13:30 asc

 

Space agency NASA
Status Operational
Details on Status
(as available)
Launch 04 May 2002 EOL ≥2018
Last update: 2018-06-16
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 Aqua

Acronym Full name
AIRS Atmospheric Infra-Red Sounder
AMSR-E Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer for EOS
AMSU-A Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit - A
CERES Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System
HSB Humidity Sounder for Brazil
MODIS Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectro-radiometer
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Telecommunication frequency or microwave sensing channel information Show expert details
Service Dir or Mode Frequency Emission designator Bandwidth Polarisation D/A Data rate or Baseband Comments
SOUNDER passive 23800 MHz N/A 270000  kHz V A   AMSU-A Channel 1
SOUNDER passive 31400 MHz N/A 180000  kHz V A   AMSU-A Channel 2
SOUNDER passive 50300 MHz N/A 180000  kHz V A   AMSU-A Channel 3
SOUNDER passive 52800 MHz N/A 400000  kHz V A   AMSU-A Channel 4
SOUNDER passive 53481 - 53711 MHz N/A 170000  kHz H A   AMSU-A Channel 5 (53.596 ± 0.115 GHz)
SOUNDER passive 54400 MHz N/A 400000  kHz H A   AMSU-A Channel 6
SOUNDER passive 54940 MHz N/A 400000  kHz V A   AMSU-A Channel 7
SOUNDER passive 55500 MHz N/A 330000  kHz H A   AMSU-A Channel 8
SOUNDER passive 57290.344 MHz N/A 330000  kHz H A   AMSU-A Channel 9 (Fo)
SOUNDER passive 57073.344 - 57507.344 MHz N/A 78000  kHz H A   AMSU-A Channel 10 (F0 ± 0.217 GHz)
SOUNDER passive 56920.144 - 57660.544 MHz N/A 36000  kHz H A   AMSU-A Channel 11 (Fo ± 0.3222 ±0.048 GHz)
SOUNDER passive 56946.344 - 57634.344 MHz N/A 16000  kHz H A   AMSU-A Channel 12 (Fo ± 0.3222 ±0.022 GHz)
SOUNDER passive 56958.344 - 57622.344 MHz N/A 8000  kHz H A   AMSU-A Channel 13 (Fo ± 0.3222 ±0.010 GHz)
SOUNDER passive 56963.644 - 57617.044 MHz N/A 3000  kHz H A   AMSU-A Channel 14 (Fo ± 0.3222 ±0.0045 GHz)
SOUNDER passive 89000 MHz N/A 6000000  kHz V A   AMSU-A Channel 15