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.
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