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Key dates for Swot

February 2022Expected launch date 
Mid 2016Start of NASA & CNES Phase-C/D
(beginning of the conception and building)
January 2016NASA/JPL Preliminary Design Review
(this review demonstrates if the preliminary design meets all system requirements (risks and schedule constraints are also identified)
February 2014CNES decision to install a nadir altimeter onboard SWOT 
October 2012Formation of the Science Definition Team (SDT)Swot SDT 201507
September 2012NASA Mission Concept Review (MCR) 
2011AirSWOT development startedAirSwot JPL Nasa
2010NASA/CNES (including CSA) workshare agreement reached 
September 2008Program kick-off 
2007A joint informal NASA/CNES Science Working Group (SWG) for SWOT was formed 
2007Decadal Survey recommended SWOT (Surface Water and Ocean Topography) as a combined mission for land hydrology and oceanography applications 
1998Wide Swath Ocean Altimeter (WSOA) was selected for NASA's Instrument Incubator Program
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