Jason-3 will ensure continuity with Jason-2 and with a  launch date in 2015, it should  allow at least a 6-month overlap with Jason-2.

At this date, all agreements have been signed. Funding commitments have been obtained and partnership as for Jason-2, but the operational agencies (Noaa and Eumetsat) take the lead; Cnes serves as the system coordinator and all partners -including Nasa- support science team activities.
The orbit is the traditional T/P-Jason orbit -non-sun-synchronous, 1336 km, 66° inclination on a Proteus platform.

Further information:

  • G.Zaouche, OSTST 2011: Jason-3 overview, pdf
  • F.Parisot, S. Wilson, OSTST 2010: Jason-3 and Jason-CS, pdf
Satellite  Jason-3
Launch on  22/07/2015
End Date 
Altitude  1336 km
Inclination  66°
Repetitivity  10 days
Agency  Cnes/Nasa/Eumetsat/Noaa
Goals  Measure sea surface height
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