Satellite Global Change Observation Mission - 1 Water (GCOM-1, Shikuzu) of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Name of Satellite, Alternate Names Global Change Observation Mission - 1 Water (GCOM-1, Shikuzu)
Country of Operator/Owner USA/Japan
Operator/Owner Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
Users Government
Purpose Earth Science
Class of Orbit LEO
Type of Orbit Sun-Synchronous
Longitude of GEO (degrees) 0
Perigee (km) 701
Apogee (km) 704
Eccentricity 0.000212089077412513
Inclination (degrees) 98.2
Period (minutes) 98.8
Launch Mass (kg.) 1900
Dry Mass (kg.)
Power (watts) 4.05
Date of Launch 17-05-2012
Expected Lifetime 5 yrs.
Contractor Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
Country of Contractor Japan
Launch Site Tanegashima Space Center
Launch Vehicle H-II2
COSPAR Number 2012-025A
NORAD Number 38337
Comments First of a series of satellites to study water circulation systems in the Earth´s atmosphere; July 2012 took up lead position in A-Train.


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