BackForward Satellite: TOPEX-Poseidon 

Satellite details
Acronym TOPEX-Poseidon
Full name Topography Experiment - Positioning,Ocean,Solid Earth, Ice Dynamics, Orbital Navigator
WIGOS Station Identifier ---
Satellite Description
  • Single flight unit of the TOPEX-Poseidon programme.
  • Main mission: ocean altimetry.
  • Substantial contribution to Solid Earth.
Mass at launch 2388 kg Dry mass 2116 kg
Power 3400 W
Data access link no link provided
Data access information
  • Data availble from NASA/JPL or CNES/AVISO.
Orbit Drifting orbit Altitude 1336 km
Inclination 66 °


Space agency NASACNES
Status Inactive
Details on Status
(as available)
Launch 10 Aug 1992 EOL 09 Oct 2005
Last update: 2015-07-29
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Satellite Payload

All known Instruments flying on TOPEX-Poseidon

Acronym Full name
DORIS Doppler Orbitography and Radiopositioning Integrated by Satellite
GPSDR GPS Demonstration Receiver
LRA Laser Retroreflector Array
SSALT Single-frequency Solid-state Altimeter
TMR TOPEX Microwave Radiometer
NRA NASA Radar Altimeter
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