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09.11.2018 16:56 Age: 34 days

CFOSAT: first results

Category: News of the CFOsat mission, Website updates

First results of SWIM instrument few days after the CFOSAT launch.

The French-Chinese satellite CFOSAT was successfully launched on October 29th (see our dedicated news).

On November 1st, the French SWIM instrument has been switched on, its rotating antenna system has been released and activated. The SWIM status is nominal with great results for the first products evidencing SWIM perfect behaviour. 

The CNES processing chain in near-real time is enable to generate product levels-1 & 2. A comparison between the Significant Wave Height from SWIM instrument and ECMWF forecast shows good fitting on oceanic structures.

 

The commissioning phase is starting with these promising results. In the coming weeks, calibration works will be perform at instrument level, before the data are made available for scientific experts during the Calibration/Validation phase.

On the Chinese side, the rotating fan beam scatterometer SCAT dedicated to the ocean surface wind measurements is also operational and works properly.

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