SAC-D

Aquarius
SAC-D (Satélite de Aplicaciones Científicas-D, meaning Satellite for Scientific Applications-D), also known as Aquarius after its primary instrument, is an Argentine Earth science satellite built by INVAP and operated by CONAE.wikipedia
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INVAP

Investigacion AplicadaINVAP S.E.
SAC-D (Satélite de Aplicaciones Científicas-D, meaning Satellite for Scientific Applications-D), also known as Aquarius after its primary instrument, is an Argentine Earth science satellite built by INVAP and operated by CONAE.
The SAC-D was put into orbit on June 9, 2011, carrying several scientific payloads, including NASA's $100 million Aquarius project, which will measure the oceans' salinity.

Aquarius (SAC-D instrument)

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The spacecraft's main instrument, Aquarius, was built by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Goddard Space Flight Center.
Aquarius was a NASA instrument aboard the Argentine SAC-D spacecraft.

Water cycle

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By measuring ocean salinity, scientists are better able to understand the Earth's water cycle and ocean circulation.
An instrument carried by the SAC-D satellite Aquarius, launched in June, 2011, measured global sea surface salinity.

Comisión Nacional de Actividades Espaciales

CONAESAC-CComisión Nacional de Actividades Espaciales (CONAE)
SAC-D (Satélite de Aplicaciones Científicas-D, meaning Satellite for Scientific Applications-D), also known as Aquarius after its primary instrument, is an Argentine Earth science satellite built by INVAP and operated by CONAE. SAC-D was an international collaboration between the space agencies of Argentina and the United States, CONAE and NASA, with participation from Brazil (INPE), Canada (CSA), France (CNES) and Italy (ASI).
Today the SAC-C Mission Operation Center is fully operative and SAC-D MOC is being implemented in order to control the future SAC-D/Aquarius satellites.

Argentina

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SAC-D (Satélite de Aplicaciones Científicas-D, meaning Satellite for Scientific Applications-D), also known as Aquarius after its primary instrument, is an Argentine Earth science satellite built by INVAP and operated by CONAE.

Satellite

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SAC-D (Satélite de Aplicaciones Científicas-D, meaning Satellite for Scientific Applications-D), also known as Aquarius after its primary instrument, is an Argentine Earth science satellite built by INVAP and operated by CONAE.

NASA

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SAC-D was an international collaboration between the space agencies of Argentina and the United States, CONAE and NASA, with participation from Brazil (INPE), Canada (CSA), France (CNES) and Italy (ASI).

National Institute for Space Research

INPEInstituto Nacional de Pesquisas EspaciaisNational Institute for Space Research (INPE)
SAC-D was an international collaboration between the space agencies of Argentina and the United States, CONAE and NASA, with participation from Brazil (INPE), Canada (CSA), France (CNES) and Italy (ASI).

Canadian Space Agency

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SAC-D was an international collaboration between the space agencies of Argentina and the United States, CONAE and NASA, with participation from Brazil (INPE), Canada (CSA), France (CNES) and Italy (ASI).

CNES

Centre national d'études spatialesFrench Space AgencyCentre National d'Etudes Spatiales
SAC-D was an international collaboration between the space agencies of Argentina and the United States, CONAE and NASA, with participation from Brazil (INPE), Canada (CSA), France (CNES) and Italy (ASI).

Italian Space Agency

ASIAgenzia Spaziale ItalianaISA
SAC-D was an international collaboration between the space agencies of Argentina and the United States, CONAE and NASA, with participation from Brazil (INPE), Canada (CSA), France (CNES) and Italy (ASI).

L band

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Aquarius' mission was to demonstrate that accurate measurements of salinity could be made from space, and was the first spaceborne instrument to use both passive radiometers and active radar in the L band.

Vandenberg Air Force Base

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NASA launched SAC-D from Vandenberg Air Force Base's Space Launch Complex 2W aboard a Delta II 7320-10C on 10 June 2011 at 14:20:13 UTC.

Vandenberg AFB Space Launch Complex 2

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NASA launched SAC-D from Vandenberg Air Force Base's Space Launch Complex 2W aboard a Delta II 7320-10C on 10 June 2011 at 14:20:13 UTC.

Delta II

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NASA launched SAC-D from Vandenberg Air Force Base's Space Launch Complex 2W aboard a Delta II 7320-10C on 10 June 2011 at 14:20:13 UTC.

Radiometry

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Cosmic ray

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2011 in spaceflight

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