The french-indian Megha-Tropiques satellite is devoted to the atmospheric research. The data collected by the satellite will allow to improve our knowledge on the water cycle contribution to the climate dynamic in the tropical atmosphere and our understanding of the processes linked to the tropical convection.
The basic principles of the Megha-Tropiques mission are to:
Megha-Tropiques was built on ISRO's IRS bus instead of the originally planned Proteus Bus to reduce the pressure on CNES budget. The payload is constituted of:
MADRAS was developed jointly by ISRO and CNES. SAPHIR and SCARAB were developed by CNES.
|Type / Application:||Earth Science|
|Contractors:||Alcatel Space, ISRO|
|Equipment:||MADRAS, SAPHIR, SCARAB|
|Power:||2 deployable solar arrays, batteries|
|Orbit:||867 km × 867 km, 20°|
|Megha-Tropiques||2011-058A||12.10.2011||Sr FLP||PSLV-CA||with VesselSat 1, SRMSAT, Jugnu|