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EOS-PM 1 (Aqua)

EOS-PM 1 (Aqua) [NASA]

The focus for the Aqua (formerly EOS PM) satellite is the multidisciplinary study of the Earth's interrelated processes (atmosphere, oceans, and land-surface) and their relationship to Earth system changes.

The Aqua spacecraft features following instruments:

  • AMSR/E - Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer-EOS
  • MODIS -Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer
  • AMSU -Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit
  • AIRS - Atmospheric Infrared Sounder
  • HSB - Humidity Sounder for Brazil
  • CERES - Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System

Originally it was planned to build three satellites to be launched in five year intervals, but only the first one was implemented.

The AMSR/E instrument stopped operating in October 2011 after over nine years despite a design life of three years.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Earth observation
Operator: NASA
Contractors: TRW
Configuration: T330 (AB-1200)
Propulsion: ?
Power: Deployable solar array, batteries
Mass: 2934 kg
Orbit: 676 km × 687 km, 98.2
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
EOS-PM 1 (Aqua) 2002-022A 04.05.2002 Va SLC-2W Delta-7920-10L
EOS-PM 2 - cancelled Va SLC-2W Delta-7920-10L
EOS-PM 3 - cancelled Va SLC-2W Delta-7920-10L

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