7 may 2008
Continuity of ocean measurements
Jason-2, scheduled to launch 15 June, is now set to take over this mission for the next 5 years. Its chief objective is to assure continuity of ocean measurements collected by its predecessors. It will also have the capability to measure sea-surface height closer to coasts than Jason-1 and afford better coverage of lakes and rivers.
Qu'attendent les scientifiques du satellite Jason-2 ? Sujet réalisé lors de la conférence de presse du 27 mars 2008. Crédits : CNES
Second, Jason-2 will serve a broad range of applications, for example providing near-real-time ocean forecast bulletins for sailors, helping decision-makers to fix fishing quotas or supporting land planners. Many professionals use oceanography products and tools that rely for their accuracy on satellite altimetry data.
Topex/Poseidon and Jason-1 were joint CNES-NASA missions. For Jason-2, Eumetsat and NOAA have joined the team. CNES and NASA are responsible for satellite development and launch. Eumetsat and NOAA will process and distribute operational data, while CNES and NOAA will be in charge of science data. CNES and NOAA will also be responsible for data archiving.
|39 days to launch|
|Jason-2 is scheduled to launch 15 June from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, atop a Delta 2 launcher . Built in Cannes, France, the satellite arrived at the launch base 29 April after a journey of more than 9,800 km on a Boeing 747. CNES teams from Toulouse were already on site to take charge of final launch preparations. The satellite will now undergo one last series of tests before encapsulation under the launcher’s fairing.|