OSTM/Jason-2
OSTM/Jason-2

OSTM/Jason-2's primary payload includes five instruments similar to those aboard Jason-1, along with three experimental instruments. Its main instrument is an altimeter that precisely measures the distance from the satellite to the ocean surface. Its radiometer measures the amount of water vapor in the atmosphere, which can distort the altimeter measurements. Three location systems combine to measure the satellite's precise position in orbit.

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Author/Origin:
Kevin Lane
NASA/JPL-Caltech
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/jpl/home/

Relevant Mission:
Ocean Surface Topography Mission

Date Added:
January 12, 2009

Keywords:
3D Model
Spacecraft
Satellite
OSTM/Jason-2
Earth Science
Eyes on the Earth 3D