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Satellite details
Acronym SMOS
Full name Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity
WIGOS Station Identifier ---
Satellite Description
  • Single flight unit of the SMOS programme.
  • Main missions: sea surface salinity and soil moisture.
  • Contribution to space weather
Mass at launch 658 kg Dry mass 630 kg
Power 685 W
Data access link
Data access information
  • Data available through the user service of ESA/ESRIN in Frascati.
Orbit Sunsynchronous orbit Altitude 755 km
ECT 06:00 asc


Space agency ESACDTICNES
Status Operational
Details on Status
(as available)
Launch 02 Nov 2009 EOL ≥2025
Last update: 2022-12-05
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 SMOS

Acronym Full name
GPS GPS Receiver
MIRAS Microwave Imaging Radiometer using Aperture Synthesis
STA Star Tracker Assembly
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
MIRAS passive 1.4135 GHz 19 MHz H&V Forward looking interferometric radiometer