AltiKa: a Ka-band Altimetry Payload and System for Operational Altimetry during the GMES Period

Patrick Vincent, Nathalie Steunou, Eric Caubetq, Laurent Phalippou, Laurent Rey, Eric Thouvenot, Jacques Verron
2006 Sensors  
This paper describes the Ka-band altimetry payload and system that has been studied for several years by CNES, ALCATEL SPACE and some science laboratories. Altimetry is one of the major elements of the ocean observing system to be made sustainable through the GEOSS (Global Earth Observation System of Systems) and GMES (Global Monitoring of the Environment and Security) programs. A short review of some mission objectives to be fulfilled in terms of mesoscale oceanography in the frame of the
more » ... and GMES programs is performed. To answer the corresponding requirements, the approach consisting in a constellation of nadir altimeter is discussed. A coupled Ka-band altimeter-radiometer payload is then described; technical items are detailed to explain how this payload shall meet the science and operational requirements, and expected performances are displayed. The current status of the payload development and flight perspectives are given.
doi:10.3390/s6030208 fatcat:rpylptytsjf73eipczyxo37b5q