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Satellite details
Acronym GOCE
Full name Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer
WIGOS Station Identifier ---
Satellite Description
  • Single flight unit of the GOCE programme.
  • Main mission: Solid Earth, specifically the gravity field.
Mass at launch 1050 kg Dry mass 950 kg
Power 1300 W
Data access link no link provided
Data access information
  • Data available from the Payload Data Ground Segment (PDGS) at ESA/ESRIN.
Orbit Sunsynchronous orbit Altitude 230 km
ECT 06:00 asc


Space agency ESA
Status Inactive
Details on Status
(as available)
  • The original 260 km altitude was lowered at intervals, in February and May 2013.
  • Out of fluel for orbit maintenance as of 21 October 2013.
  • De-orbited on 11 November 213.
Launch 17 Mar 2009 EOL 21 Oct 2013
Last update: 2015-07-27
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 GOCE

Acronym Full name
EGG 3-Axis Electrostatic Gravity Gradiometer
LRR Laser Retro-Reflector
SSTI Satellite-to-Satellite Tracking System
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