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SIDAR (JPSS Free Flyer 1)

The SIDAR (Solar Irradiance, Data and Rescue), formerly known as JPSS Free Flyer 1, will be a complementary mission to the JPSS 1 satellite. It will fly the instruments, which were originally planned for the NPOESS satellites, but could not accomodated on the JPSS 1 satellite due to the size limitation of the cloned NPP satellite.

SIDAR will carry following instruments:

  • Total Solar Irradiance Sensor (TSIS), a NASA instrument meant to continue the agency’s 33-year record of monitoring the sun’s energy that reaches Earth. It will replace similar sensors on NASA’s SORCE satellite launched in 2003 and on the failed Glory satellite. TSIS was already purchased and built for the cancelled NPOESS program.
  • Advanced Data Collection System (A-DCS), a payload provided by the French space agency CNES to continue the monitoring of data gathered by sensors attached to ocean buoys, other maritime platforms and marine animals.
  • Search and Rescue (SARSAT) instruments

Both SARSAT and A-DCS are being provided by French and Canadian partners.

SIDAR was planned for a launch in 2017 but has been cancelled in 2013. The TSIS instrument was then replanned as the TSIS 1 attached payload to the ISS.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Earth science
Operator: NASA, NOAA
Contractors: TBD
Equipment: TSIS, A-DCS, SARSAT
Configuration: TBD
Power: Deployable solar array, batteries
Orbit: SSO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
JPSS Free Flyer 1 (JPSS-FF 1) - cancelled
Further JPSS missions:

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