BackForward Satellite: CryoSat-2 

Satellite details
Acronym CryoSat-2
Full name CryoSat-2
WIGOS Station Identifier ---
Satellite Description
  • 2nd flight unit of the CryoSat programme (1st actually flown because of CryoSat failured at launch).
  • Main mission: polar ice topography.
  • Substantial contribution to ocean observation.
Mass at launch 720 kg Dry mass 683 kg
Power 1700 W
Data access link
Data access information
  • Data available from Kiruna, with user interface managed by ESA/ESRIN (Frascati, Rome).
  • Another website for data access is here
Orbit Drifting orbit Altitude 717 km
Inclination 92 °


Space agency ESA
Status Operational
Details on Status
(as available)
  • 0.25 degree nodal regression per day (it drifts through all local times)
Launch 08 Apr 2010 EOL ≥2028
Last update: 2023-11-06
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-2

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 13.575 GHz 350 MHz - Ku-band radar altimeter