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SeaWinds on the Advanced Earth Observing Satellite II (ADEOS II) (SeaWinds)
Mission Category: Earth Observing System (EOS)
Launch Date: December 14, 2002
Launch Location: Tanegashima Space Center, Japan
Actual Completion Date: October 24, 2003
The SeaWinds scatterometer flew onboard the ADEOS II spacecraft. ADEOS II was an international satellite mission led by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) - formerly the National Space Development Agency (NASDA) of Japan - with U.S. (NASA) and French Centre Nationale d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) participation. Midori-II is the Japanese name for the mission.
The ADEOS II mission ended prematurely ten months after launch, owing to a failure of the solar panel on October 24, 2003.
Key SeaWinds on the Advanced Earth Observing Satellite II (ADEOS II) Facts
|Launch Vehicle:||H-IIA launch vehicle No. 4|
|Altitude:Distance from sea level.||803km|
|Origination:||Joint with Japan and France|
AMR (Advanced Microwave Radiometer)
GLI (Global Imager)
ILAS II (Improved Limb Atmospheric Spectrometer II)
POLDER (Polarization and Directionality of the Earth’s Reflectance)
SeaWinds (Microwave Radar Instrument)
Relevant Science Focus Areas:
- Climate Variability and Chang
Relevant Science Questions:
- How is the global Earth changing?
- Monitor the water and energy cycle as a part of the global climate system.
- Quantitatively estimate the biomass and fundamental productivity as a part of the carbon cycle, which plays an important role in global warming.
- Detect trends in long-term climate change as a result of continuing the observations started by ADEOS-I.
- Air Quality
- Coastal Management
- Disaster Management