The satellite was safely taken out of service on 5 september 2011 due to low levels of remaining fuel. A full size model of ers 2.
The special orbit known as a polar orbit means that the earth is gradually rotating beneath the spacecraft and so on each different orbit a slightly different part of the ground is seen.
Ers 2 satellite. The ers 2 satellite is essentially the same as ers 1 except that it includes a number of enhancements and it is carrying a new payload instrument to measure the chemical composition of the atmosphere named the global ozone monitoring experiment gome. It is also carrying a new payload instrument to measure the chemical composition of the atmosphere named gome global ozone monitoring experiment. European remote sensing satellite ers was the european space agency s first earth observing satellite programme using a polar orbit.
The ers 2 satellite circles the earth at a height of 800 km and completes an orbit every 100 minutes crossing each pole in the process. Ers 2 ers 2 sar data nasa s provision of the european space agency s esa european remote sensing satellites ers 1 and ers 2 synthetic aperture radar sar data archive via the asf daac is now free and open by agreement between nasa and esa. The ers 2 satellite is essentially a copy of ers 1 except that it includes a number of enhancements.
Ers 2 is esa s second eo mission after ers 1 and was launched in 1995. Esa s venerable ers 2 satellite followed its predecessor s example greatly exceeding its three year life span with 16 years of successful operations. It consisted of 2 satellites ers 1 and ers 2.
Ers 2 satellite imagery they were launched in 1991 and 1995 and ceased operations in 2001 and 2011 respectively. Ers 2 the european space agency s second environmental satellite. Both carry a comprehensive payload including a synthetic aperture radar sar and a radar altimeter for studying sea surface temperatures and winds.
The second ariane launch of 1995 will carry a very special payload into space. Ers 2 additional products wind vectors 20x30 25km year 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006. Ers 2 has a total mass of 2 516 kg at launch about 200 kg more than ers 1.
They were particularly instrumental in supporting the development of radar interferometry which was used to assess post earthquake and other ground movement along with many other applications. Ers 2 additionally carries a sensor for atmospheric ozone research. This will be the most complex satellite ever built in europe to observe planet earth and its environment.