Jason-2 is no exception: once in orbit, it will transmit its data to 3 ground stations.
One of these is at Usingen in Germany, which already hosts data receiving systems for the European Meteosat Second Generation (MSG) weather satellites.
CNES supplied electronic equipment, the receiving antenna and its protective radome, all of which successfully completed testing early this year.
Jason-2 is a joint mission of CNES, Nasa, Eumetsat and NOAA.
Eumetsat and NOAA are responsible for the 3 ground stations* and for near-real-time data processing and distribution.
… for a key mission
Its objective is to measure sea-surface height every 10 days with an accuracy of a few centimetres.
These measurements will serve to chart ocean currents and obtain readings of global sea level to improve ocean circulation forecasting.
Jason-2 will be placed into a low-Earth orbit at an altitude of 1,330 km. It is scheduled to launch in June 2008 on a U.S. Delta II launcher.
* In Germany, at Usingen, and in the United States, at Wallops Island (Virginia) and Fairbanks (Alaska)