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Satellite details
Acronym SARAL
Full name Satellite with ARGOS and AltiKa
Satellite Description
  • Single flight unit of the SARAL programme.
  • Main mission: ocean observation.
  • Substantial contribution to Solid earth.
Mass at launch 630 kg Dry mass 450 kg
Power 850 W
Data access link http://www.aviso.altimetry.fr/en/data/products/sea-surface-height-products/global/gdr-igdr-and-ogdr.html
Data access information
  • Altimetry products distributed by EUMETSAT in near-real time (OGDR: Operational Geophysical Data Record) and by CNES in delayed time (GDR: Geophysical Data Record), outside India. More info at https://navigator.eumetsat.int/search?query=saral
  • Delayed time products provided by AVISO
Orbit Sunsynchronous orbit Altitude 800 km
ECT 06:00 asc

 

Space agency CNESISRO
Status Operational
Details on Status
(as available)
Launch 25 Feb 2013 EOL ≥2018
Last update: 2018-07-11
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 SARAL

Acronym Full name
A-DCS Advanced Data Collection System (also called "Argos-3")
AltiKa Ka-band Altimeter
DORIS Doppler Orbitography and Radiopositioning Integrated by Satellite
LRA Laser Retroreflector Array
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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
DORIS E-S 401.25 MHz 23K0G1D 23  kHz RHCP D   Precise positioning by DORIS
DORIS E-S 2036.25 MHz 95K0G1D 95  kHz RHCP D   Precise positioning by DORIS
Altimeter active 35750 MHz N/R  kHz TBD D   Altika Ka-band
IMAGER passive 23800 MHz N/R  kHz TBD D   Altika radiometer
IMAGER passive 36500 MHz N/R  kHz TBD D   Altika radiometer