An ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) satellite, SARAL (Satellite with ARgos and ALtika), will embark the AltiKa altimeter (working in Ka-band, 35 GHz), built by CNES, as well as a Doris instrument. Signal frequencies in the Ka-band will enable better observation of ice, rain, coastal zones, land masses (forests, etc.), and wave heights.
The Saral mission is complementary to Jason-2. Its objectives are:
The payload integrates:
Additionally, a CNES provided Argos-2 data collection and location payload is onboard.
The launch of this mission is planned for the end of 2009, with a life of 3 years (2 year for the nominal phase, and one year for the extended phase). This mission is a cooperation between CNES and ISRO.
SARAL payload is being planned to be accommodated in the mini-satellite bus in the 400-450 kg class, named as SSB-1. The bus is being developed miniaturising the currently proven operational mainframe subsystems. SARAL satellite mission is planned to be launched during late-2009 into a sun-synchronous, 6 am-6 pm orbit at an altitude of around 800 km. SARAL will provide Data Products to the operational and research user communities, in support of Marine meteorology and sea state forecasting; Operational oceanography; Seasonal forecasting; Climate monitoring; and Ocean, Earth system and climate research.
|Type / Application:||Earth Science|
|Power:||2 deployable solar arrays, batteries|
|Orbit:||772 km × 788 km, 98.63°|
|SARAL||2013-009A||25.02.2013||Sr FLP||PSLV-CA||with Sapphire, NEOSSAT, UniBRITE, TUGsat 1 (BRITE-Austria), STRaND 1, AAUSAT 3|