TABLE II.1 Launch, Orbit, and Instrument Specifications for Missions Recommended to NOAA

Decadal Survey Mission

Mission Description

Orbita

Instruments

Rough Cost Estimate (FY 06 $million)

2010–2013

 

 

 

 

CLARREO (instrument reflight components)

Solar and Earth radiation characteristics for understanding climate forcing

LEO, SSO

Broadband radiometer

65

GPSRO

High-accuracy, all-weather temperature, water vapor, and electron density profiles for weather, climate,and space weather

LEO

GPS receiver

150

2013–2016

 

 

 

 

XOVWM

Sea-surface wind vectors for weather and ocean ecosystems

LEO, SSO

Backscatter radar

350

NOTE: Missions are listed by cost. Colors denote mission cost categories as estimated by the committee. Green and blue shading indicates medium-cost ($300 million to $600 million) and small-cost (<$300 million) missions, respectively. The missions are described in detail in Part II, and Part III provides the foundation for selection.

aLEO, low Earth orbit; SSO, Sun-synchronous orbit.



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