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Comparison of Wind Scatterometers

By JPL convention the SeaWinds instrument flown on the QuikSCAT satellite is termed "QuikSCAT", while the SeaWinds instrument flown on ADEOS2/Midori2 is termed "SeaWinds". The SeaWinds Tandem mission refers to combined QuikSCAT and SeaWinds data during the mission overlap period. The scatterometer mode data from the Earth Resource Mission 1 and 2 Advanced Microwave Instruments are referred to as ERS1 and ERS2 or as ESCAT. The Advanced Scatterometer (ASCAT) is on the ESA Metop-A platform.

QuikSCAT and OSCAT comparison

Scatterometer microwave band and orbits

Sensor Band Altitude Inclination Angle
SASS Ku 810 km 106 deg
ERS-1/2 C 780 km 98.52 deg
NSCAT Ku 805 km 98.7 deg
SeaWinds Ku 803 km 98.6 deg
QuikSCAT Ku 800 km 98.6 deg
ASCAT A/B C 800 km 98.6 deg
Oscat Ku 720 km 98.28 deg