Thales Alenia Space to Build Jason-3
[Satellite TODAY 02-25-10] The French Space Agency (CNES) has contracted Thales Alenia Space to build the Jason-3 weather satellite based on the Proteus platform, the manufacturer announced Feb. 24.
The satellite, expected for mid 2013, will be placed in the same orbit as Jason-2 to provide coverage over ice-free ocean surfaces.
Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS), also built by Thales Alenia Space and launched in November 2009, will work with Jason-3 to provide regular maps of sea surface salinity, showing where and when large amounts of fresh waters are introduced in the cycle, for instance through rains, about 90 percent of which are estimated to fall over open sea.
The Jason-3 operational oceanographic mission is a collaboration between Eumetsat, NASA and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. Financial details of the contract were not disclosed.
NOAA Merges Climate Science, Service Delivery Offices Satellite Today February 10, 2010
[Satellite TODAY 02-10-10] The U.S. Department of Commerce is planning to create a U.S. National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Service line office that will combine the agency s climate science and service delivery capabilities…
Eumetsat Member States Pledge $88 Million to Jason-3 Program Satellite Today February 3, 2010
[Satellite TODAY 02-03-10] Multiple member states of the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (Eumetsat) have agreed to subscribe to the Jason-3 ocean altimetry satellite program, Eumetsat announced Feb. 2.
Thales Alenia Space Ships SMOS to Plesetsk Cosmodrome Satellite Today September 18, 2009
[Satellite TODAY 09-18-09] Thales Alenia Space has shipped the Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) Earth observation satellite to the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia, for its scheduled Nov. 2 launch, Thales Alenia Space announced.