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Icesat 2

Ice, Cloud and land Elevation satellite


Designation 43613 / 18070A
Launch date 15 Sep 2018
Country of origin United States
Mission Remote sensing
Perigee/Apogee 490 km
Inclination 92°
Period 94.2 min
Launch vehicle Delta 2 #381

Satellite worth $135 million. Launch worth $96.6 million
$200 million cost overrun announced in 2014

Carries a single instrument, the Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS), will provide scientists with height measurements to create a global portrait of Earth's third dimension, gathering data that can precisely track changes of terrain including glaciers, sea ice, forests and more. Atlas is a visible-light laser with a 0.8m aperture telescope.

Will carry a 3D printed part made of polyetherketoneketone (PEKK)

External resources


sat-index articles

n2yo.com tracking

Technical data


Prime contractor Orbital, now Northrop Grumman
Platform LEOStar-3
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