BackForward Satellite: CryoSat 

Satellite details
Acronym CryoSat
Full name CryoSat
WIGOS Station Identifier ---
Satellite Description
  • 1st flight unit of the CryoSat programme.
  • Main mission: polar ice topography.
  • Substantial contribution to ocean and land topography.
Mass at launch 670 kg Dry mass 634 kg
Power 1600 W
Data access link no link provided
Data access information
  • N/A (satellite failed at launch)
Orbit Sunsynchronous orbit Altitude 717 km
Inclination 92 °


Space agency ESA
Status Inactive
Details on Status
(as available)
Launch 08 Oct 2005 EOL 08 Oct 2005
Last update: 2024-04-15
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 CryoSat

Acronym Full name
DORIS Doppler Orbitography and Radiopositioning Integrated by Satellite
LRR Laser Retro-Reflector
SIRAL SAR Interferometer Radar Altimeter
Show instrument status and calibration
Satellite frequencies for Earth Observation, data transfer and platform communications and control
Frequencies for satellite management
Service Direction Frequency (MHz) Emission designator Bandwidth (kHz) Polarisation D/A Data rate (kbps) or Baseband (kHz) Comments
DORIS E-S 401.25 MHz 23K0G1D 23 kHz RHCP D   Precise positioning by DORIS
DORIS E-S 2036.25 MHz 95K0G1D 95 kHz RHCP D   Precise positioning by DORIS
Earth observation MW frequencies
Service Sensing mode Frequency (GHz) Bandwidth (MHz) Polarisation Comments
SIRAL active 14 GHz - 13.56 GHz 0 MHz - Ku-band radar altimeter