News & Features
The story behind the decision to rename a satellite
Naming a satellite after a person – other than historical or mythical figures – is a very rare occurrence.
Jason-2 ceases operations
After more than 11 years in orbit and well beyond its mission baseline Jason-2 ceased operations on 1 October 2019.
Continued high precision measurement of Earth’s sea level is assured
The most accurate source of measurements of the Earth’s rising sea levels – the Jason-3 satellite mission – will continue for at least two more years from today after the extension of its mission.
Prolific Sea-Observing Satellite Turns 10
An international oceanography satellite that is tracking the ongoing rise in global sea level marks its 10th year in orbit today.
Jason-2 moves to a new orbit to assume added role in mapping Earth’s mean sea surface elevation
Jason-2, the European/US cooperative mission between EUMETSAT, the French Space Agency CNES, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), will change orbit and take on an additional role next month.
International science meeting discusses achievements and prospects for Ocean Altimetry
Under the motto ‘New era of altimetry, new challenges’ the 2016 meeting of the international Ocean Surface Topography Science Team (OSTST) starts today in La Rochelle, France.
Dual Capacity Established for Jason High Precision Ocean Altimetry Mission
After a series of re-orbiting manoeuvres for Jason-2, a dual Jason capability has been established, increasing the data flow for ocean models through enhanced spatial and temporal sampling of the ocean variables.
Jason-3 Ocean data products become available to all Users
Today, an important milestone has been passed in the commissioning of the US-European Jason-3 ocean-monitoring mission launched on 17 January 2016 with the release of the near-real time (NRT) Operational Geophysical Data Records (OGDR) and the non-time critical (NTC) Interim Geophysical Data Record (IGDR) to all users.
Jason-3 delivers first data and products four days after launch
Four days after its launch on 17 January, the Jason-3 high-precision ocean altimetry satellite is delivering its first sea surface height measurement data in near-real time for evaluation by engineers from the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES), EUMETSAT, the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and scientists from the international Ocean Surface Topography Science Team.
Jason-3 successfully launched
The Jason-3 high-precision ocean altimetry satellite was successfully launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 19:42 CET (10:42 California time) on a Falcon 9 launcher procured by the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as the acquisition agent for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Council takes steps to implement the EPS-SG and Jason-CS programmes
In the presence of Dr Stephen Volz, Assistant Administrator for NOAA Satellite and Information services, the EUMETSAT Council took important decisions for the implementation of the EPS-Second Generation (EPS-SG) and Jason-Continuity of Service (Jason-CS) programmes, both approved this summer and implemented in cooperation with the United States.