The CryoSat uses radar altimeters to determine the thickness of Earth's continental ice sheets and marine sea ice cover. CryoSat is an Earth Explorer Opportunity Mission in ESA's Living Planet Program.
Mission elements are:
Three instruments are mounted on the spacecraft
The Cryosat spacecraft was lost in a launch failure of its Rokot-KM launch vehicle on 8. October 2005.
In February, ESA received the green light from its Member States to build and launch a CryoSat recovery mission, CryoSat-2 in 2009. CryoSat-2 has the same mission objectives as the original CryoSat mission. It was booked also for a Rokot-KM launch in 2009, but was moved to a Dnepr in 2010 due to the limited availability of Rokot in the required time period. The launch was successful.
|Type / Application:||Radar Altimetry Mission|
|Equipment:||Radar Altimeter (SIRAL), DORIS, Laser-Retroreflector|
|Power:||Solar cells, batteries|
|Orbit:||720 km × 720 km, 92°|
|CryoSat 2 (Earth Explorer 3)||08.04.2010||TB LC-109/95||Dnepr|