Su objetivo científico está orientado a obtener nueva información climática a partir de las mediciones de salinidad y una nueva visión de la circulación y procesos de mezcla en el oceáno, y así como detectar focos de alta temperatura en la superficie terrestre para la obtención de mapas de riesgo de incendios y humedad del suelo para dar alertas tempranas de inundaciones.
CONAE and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and Jet Propulsion Laboratory have jointly developed the SAC-D/Aquarius mission in the framework of a space cooperation program.
The scientific objective is to conduct observations of the Earth in order to obtain new information on climate by measuring sea surface salinity, and a better understanding of ocean circulation and the physical processes that link the water cycle, as well as detecting high temperature spots on ground surface which allow mapping of fire risk, and perform measurements of soil humidity to prevent floods (early warning).
The satellite was launched and put into orbit on June 10, 2011, on a Delta II 7329 rocket vehicle and concluded its operative service on June 8, 2015, having successfully fulfilled its mission scheduled for three years.
The whole satellite was designed and built in the country, including solar panels that feed it and CONAE instruments.
Satellite Weight: 1.600 kg
Sun-synchronous circular orbit: 657 km
Ascending Node 06:00 PM (local time)
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