3 October 2011 Launch and on-orbit checkout of Aquarius/SAC-D Observatory: an international remote sensing satellite mission measuring sea surface salinity
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The Aquarius/SAC-D observatory was launch in June 2011 from Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), in California, USA. This mission is the fourth joint earth-observation endeavor between NASA and CONAE. The primary objective of the Aquarius/SAC-D mission is to investigate the links between global water cycle, ocean circulation and climate by measuring Sea Surface Salinity (SSS). Over the last year, the observatory successfully completed system level environmental and functional testing at INPE, Brazil and was transported to VAFB for launch operations. This paper will present the challenges of this mission, the system, the preparation of the spacecraft, instruments, testing, launch, inorbit checkout and commissioning of this Observatory in space.
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Amit Sen, Amit Sen, Daniel Caruso, Daniel Caruso, David Durham, David Durham, Carlos Falcon, Carlos Falcon, } "Launch and on-orbit checkout of Aquarius/SAC-D Observatory: an international remote sensing satellite mission measuring sea surface salinity", Proc. SPIE 8176, Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites XV, 817603 (3 October 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.903547; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.903547
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