|Jason 3 Spacecraft
An artist's concept of the Jason 3 spacecraft orbiting Earth. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Extending the timeline of ocean surface topography measurements begun by the Topex/Poseidon and Jason 1 and 2 satellites, Jason 3 will make highly detailed measurements of sea-level on Earth to gain insight into ocean circulation and climate change.
The satellite is scheduled to launch in 2015, and like its predecessors, is a cooperative of agencies and organizations around the world.
- Microwave radiometer
- Doppler Orbitography and Radiopositioning Integrated by Satellite (DORIS)
- Laser Retroreflector Array (LRA)
- Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver