Launched in 1978, SeaSat was a NASA/JPL Earth Observation experimental mission, which had onboard the first ever spaceborne synthetic aperture radar (SAR) system for science applications. During its brief 106-day lifetime, SeaSat collected more information about the oceans than had been acquired in the previous 100 years of shipboard research.
The SAR instrument provided a wealth of information on diverse ocean phenomena such as sea-surface winds and temperatures, surface and internal waves, currents, sea ice, wind, and rainfall, thus giving the first global view of ocean circulation. It pioneered satellite oceanography and proved the viability of imaging radar for studying our planet. SeaSat's SAR instrument also provided spectacular images of Earth's land surfaces, thus demonstrating the immense potential of the SAR observation technology and generating great interest in satellite active microwave remote sensing.
SeaSat had three main objectives:
More details can be found at the below link:
09 June 2017
ESA is pleased to announce that an improved access to the collections distributed online by ESA through the Third Party Missions programme has been deployed.
Two enhanced features have been set up to ease access to these collections:
05 June 2017
ESA is pleased to announce that many of the TPM data distributed until today, plus some new ones, are being made available for direct download via a new online dissemination service called L-OADS.
Mission Facts and Figures