Interactive orbital views
From the design, the equipment integration, the testing phase, the launching, ...up to the operational orbit, the various stages in a satellite life are as long as exciting. The Jason-2 altimetry satellite will place into orbit June 15, 2008 on the follow-on of Topex/Poseidon and Jason-1.
Visualize the Jason-2 satellite at an altitude of 1336 km and view it from every angle with this interactive interface : detail its instruments, deploy its solar panels to get maximum solar radiation, point the altimeter antenna always strait to the surface for emission and reception of the radar waves ... take over the controls !
Click on the picture to open the interface (needs Adobe Shockwave Player).