An Isro (Indian Space Research Organization) satellite, Saral (Satellite with ARgos and ALtika), will embark the AltiKa altimeter (working in Ka-band, 35 GHz), built by Cnes, as well as a Doris instrument. Signal frequencies in the Ka-band will enable better observation of ice, rain, coastal zones, land masses (forests, etc.), and wave heights.
The Saral mission is complementary to Jason-2. Its objectives are:
- ” to carry out precise, repetitive global measurements of sea surface height, significant wave heights and wind speed, for:
- developing operational oceanography;
- improving understanding of the climate and developing forecasting capabilities;
- operational meteorology.
- to ensure, in association with Jason-2, the continuity of the service currently provided by the altimeters onboard Envisat and Jason-1,
- to meet the requirements expressed by various international ocean and climate study programmes, and contribute to building a global ocean observing system.
The proposed payload will integrate:
- a high-resolution AltiKa altimeter that incorporates a dual-frequency radiometric function,
- the DORIS precise orbitography system, in association with a laser retroreflector (LRA).
- the AltiKa instrument
- Saral/Altika on the Space Scientific Missions of the Cnes (SMSC) website: mission objectives, latest news, etc