A new agreement for Jason-2
The agreement specifies the 2 agencies’ respective roles in the future ocean surface topography mission.
Eumetsat is to commit funding for part of the project and will take responsibility for processing, near-real-time distribution (3 hr.) and archiving of data.
CNES has mission oversight responsibility with NASA and is supplying the Doris precise orbit determination system.
Next step for altimetry
The Jason-2 satellite will operate in a non-synchronous orbit at an altitude of 1,330 km, delivering ocean surface topography measurements accurate to within a few cm every 10 days.
This information will help to achieve more effective global ocean monitoring and develop numerical models for predicting ocean circulation and climate change.
The satellite is scheduled to launch in June 2008.
1 European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites