Satellite Jason-3
Launch 17/01/2016
Mission Measure sea surface height
Altitude 1336 km
Inclination 66° (non-sun-synchronous)

Jason-3 is proposed to take over and continue the missions of Topex/Poseidon, Jason-1 and 2, in the framework of a cooperation between CNES, NASA, Eumetsat and NOAA. It carries the same kind of payload as its three predecessors for a high-precision altimetry mission: a Poseidon-class altimeter, a radiometer and three location systems. The orbit is also identical.