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Satellite details
Acronym JASON-3
Full name Joint Altimetry Satellite Oceanography Network - 3
Satellite Description
  • 3rd flight unit of the JASON series, also called “Ocean Surface Topography Mission (OSTM)”.
  • Main mission: ocean topography and waves.
  • Substantial contribution to Solid Earth (geoid).
  • Significant contribution to space weather.
Mass at launch 553 kg Dry mass 525 kg
Power 550 W
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Data access information
  • Near-real-time Operational Geophysical Data Records (surface wind speed and waves, and a first estimates of Sea Surface Height Anomaly) are distributed within 3-5 hours from NOAA and EUMETSAT via GTS and EUMETCast, see
  • Off-line Interim Geophysical Data Record re-processed after CNES makes available the Precise Orbit Determination are distributed within 1-2 days.Statistically analysed Geophysical Data Records are distributed from archives within 2 months.
Orbit Drifting orbit Altitude 1336 km
Inclination 66 °


Status Operational
Details on Status
(as available)
Launch 17 Jan 2016 EOL ≥2021
Last update: 2020-07-18
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Note: red tag: no longer operational , green tag: operational , blue tag : future

Satellite Payload

All known Instruments flying on JASON-3

Acronym Full name
AMR Advanced Microwave Radiometer
DORIS Doppler Orbitography and Radiopositioning Integrated by Satellite
LRA Laser Retroreflector Array
Poseidon-3B Poseidon 3B
TRSR Turbo Rogue Space Receiver
CARMEN Environment Characterization and Modelisation
LPT Light Particle Telescope
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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
TM/SMD S-E 2215.92 MHz 2MG1D 2000  kHz RHCP&LHCP D 100/839  kbps Telemetry and Altimeter stored data
DORIS E-S 401.25 MHz 23K0G1D 23  kHz RHCP D 4  kbps Precise positioning by DORIS
DORIS E-S 2036.25 MHz 95K0G1D 95  kHz RHCP D 4  kbps Precise positioning by DORIS
TC E-S 2040.493 MHz 300KG2D 20  kHz RHCP D 4/20   kbps Telecommand
Poseidon-3B active 5300 - 5300 MHz N/R  kHz - A   C-band radar altimeter
Poseidon-3B active 13575 - 13575 MHz N/R  kHz - A   Ku-band radar altimeter
AMR passive 18700 MHz 200000  kHz - A   Window channel (supporting altimeter)
AMR passive 23800 MHz 400000  kHz - A   Water vapour channel (supporting altimeter)
AMR passive 34000 MHz 400000  kHz - A   Window channel (supporting altimeter)