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Satellite details
Acronym Sentinel-3A
Full name Sentinel-3A
Satellite Description
  • 1st flight unit of the Sentinel-3 programme.
  • Main mission: ocean and land observation.
  • Substantial contribution to Solid Earth (topography).
Mass at launch 1250 kg Dry mass 1150 kg
Power 2300 W
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Data access information
Orbit Sunsynchronous orbit Altitude 810 km
ECT 10:00 desc


Status Operational
Details on Status
(as available)
  • Sentinel-3A operations were trasferred from ESA to EUMETSAT on 13 July 2016.
Launch 16 Feb 2016 EOL ≥2023
Last update: 2018-07-10
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 Sentinel-3A

Acronym Full name
DORIS Doppler Orbitography and Radiopositioning Integrated by Satellite
GPS GPS Receiver
LRR Laser Retro-Reflector
MWR Micro-Wave Radiometer
OLCI Ocean and Land Colour Imager
SLSTR Sea and Land Surface Temperature Radiometer
SRAL Synthetic aperture Radar Altimeter
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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
TC E-S 2075.65 MHz 768KG2D TBD  kHz TBD D TBD  kbps
TM S-E 2254.1 MHz 2M20G1D TBD  kHz TBD D TBD  kbps
Raw Data S-E 8095 MHz 140MG1D TBD  kHz TBD D TBD  kbps
Raw Data S-E 8260 MHz 140MG1D TBD  kHz TBD D TBD  kbps
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 5300 MHz N/R  kHz TBD D   SRAL C-band
Altimeter active 13580 MHz N/R  kHz TBD D   SRAL Ku-band