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Launch and on-orbit checkout of Aquarius/SAC-D Observatory: an international remote sensing satellite mission measuring sea surface salinity
Author(s): Amit Sen; Daniel Caruso; David Durham; Carlos Falcon
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Paper Abstract

The Aquarius/SAC-D observatory was launch in June 2011 from Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), in California, USA. This mission is the fourth joint earth-observation endeavor between NASA and CONAE. The primary objective of the Aquarius/SAC-D mission is to investigate the links between global water cycle, ocean circulation and climate by measuring Sea Surface Salinity (SSS). Over the last year, the observatory successfully completed system level environmental and functional testing at INPE, Brazil and was transported to VAFB for launch operations. This paper will present the challenges of this mission, the system, the preparation of the spacecraft, instruments, testing, launch, inorbit checkout and commissioning of this Observatory in space.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 October 2011
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 8176, Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites XV, 817603 (3 October 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.903547
Show Author Affiliations
Amit Sen, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Daniel Caruso, Comisión Nacional de Actividades Espaciales (Argentina)
David Durham, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Carlos Falcon, Comisión Nacional de Actividades Espaciales (Argentina)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8176:
Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites XV
Roland Meynart; Steven P. Neeck; Haruhisa Shimoda, Editor(s)

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