(Credits China Academy of Space Technology)
Satellite HY-2
Launch Aug. 2011
Mission observe the ocean dynamics
Altitude 963 km
Inclination 99.3°

HY-2 (HaiYang means ‘ocean’ in chinese) is a marine remote sensing satellite series planned by China (HY-2A, then HY-2B (2012), HY-2C (2015), HY-2D (2019)).

HY-2 belongs to a series of ocean-oriented satellites :

  • HY-1A and HY-1B (respectively launched on May, 2002 and April, 2007) are designed to measure the ocean colour and temperature with the visible and infrared sensor,
  • HY-2 is focused on the marine dynamic environment,
  • HY-3 will combine visible/infrared and microwave sensors.

The objective of HY-2 is monitor the dynamic ocean environnement with microwave sensors to detect sea surface wind field, sea surface height and sea surface temperature. It will include an altimeter dual-frequency in Ku and C-bands, a scatterometre and a microwave imager.