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Timeline of radar altimetry missions

This schematics shows the timeline of modern radar altimeters from the nineties to the next decade, including expected or announced mission extensions beyond the nominal satellite lifespan. Past missions are in red. Satellites in operations are in orange. Future missions and unconfirmed mission extensions are in yellow. This plot is periodically updated based on the latest announcements from the respective Programs and Agencies. Specific requests for updates and changes can be sent to the AVISO user desk (aviso@altimetry.fr).

If you use this figure, please cite: "Aviso+ (2022). Timeline of modern radar altimetry missions. https://doi.org/10.24400/527896/A02-2022.001 version YYYY/MM"

List of versions:

September 2022 update : TimelineAltimetry_v202209.png

  • SWOT launch moved to early December 2022
  • S3C launch moved to October 2024
  • S6B launch moved to late November 2025

March 2022 update : TimelineAltimetry_v202203.png

  • S3C launch moved to end of 2023
  • S6B launch moved to June 2026
  • SWOT launch moved to November 2022>
  • SARAL extension added (2 years)
  • Added illustration of HY2C/D

October 2021 update : TimelineAltimetry_v202110.png

  • First online version
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