BackForward Satellite: CFOSAT 

Satellite details
Acronym CFOSAT
Full name Chinese-French Oceanography Satellite
WIGOS Station Identifier ---
Satellite Description
  • Single flight unit of the CFOSAT programme.
  • Main mission: sea-surface wind, altimetry and waves.
  • Follow-on mission HY-2L
Mass at launch 650 kg Dry mass
Data access link no link provided
Data access information
  • Data available from the CNES and CNSA mission centres.
  • Discussions underway to put SWIM data on GTS
Orbit Sunsynchronous orbit Altitude 500 km
ECT 07:00 desc


Space agency NSOASCNES
Status Operational
Details on Status
(as available)
  • Scatterometer unstable and data currently unavailable
Launch 29 Oct 2018 EOL ≥2024
Last update: 2023-12-21
Associated satellite programme and related satellites

Note: red tag: no longer operational , green tag: operational , blue tag : future

Satellite Payload

All known Instruments flying on CFOSAT

Acronym Full name
CSCAT CFOSAT Scatterometer
SWIM Surface Waves Investigation and Monitoring instrument.
Show instrument status and calibration
Satellite frequencies for Earth Observation, data transfer and platform communications and control
Earth observation MW frequencies
Service Sensing mode Frequency (GHz) Bandwidth (MHz) Polarisation Comments
SWIM active 14 GHz - 13.575 GHz 0 MHz - Ku-band radar altimeter
SCAT active 13 GHz - 13.256 GHz 0 MHz - Ku-band scatterometer