|Units or mass||6U|
|Status||Was operational? (Inactive accordign to website. Last SatNOGS report 2019-05-23, but never any data. Checked 2019-05-25)|
|Launcher||Long March 2D|
|Organisation||Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya|
|Entity||Academic / Education|
Perform ocean altimetry by means of Global Navigation Satellite Systems Reflectometry (GNSS-R).
Perform ocean altimetry by means of Global Navigation Satellite Systems Reflectometry (GNSS-R). The main payload is the novel dual-band altimeter P(Y) & C/A ReflectOmeter (PYCARO). Also star tracker Mirabilis and experimental magnetometer for eLISA. Uses FAPEC, a powerful data compressor.
PYCARO reflectometer is designed to compare a direct signal from a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) such as GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and Beidou with the same signal reflected to Earth. PYCARO therefore operates as what is called a bistatic radar, i.e. it does not emit a signal but merely captures the signals emitted by other systems. This technique is known as GNSS-R, and can be used to obtain data on ocean altimetry, sea conditions and soil moisture, among other applications.
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