Radar Altimeter 2 (RA-2) is an instrument for determining the two-way delay of the radar echo from the Earth's surface to a very high precision: less than a nanosecond. It also measures the power and the shape of the reflected radar pulses.
It is a nadir-looking pulse-limited radar altimeter based on the heritage of ERS-1 RA functioning at the main nominal frequency of 13.575 GHz (Ku Band), which has been selected as a good compromise between the affordable antenna dimension that provides the necessary gain and the relatively low attenuation which experience the signals propagating through the troposphere.
Altitude: better than 4.5cm, Wave height: better than 5% or 0.25m
Microwave: 13.575Ghz (Ku-Band) & 3.2GHz (S-Band)
Land ( Topography/Mapping ), Snow and Ice ( Sea Ice ), Ocean and Coast ( Ocean Waves , Ocean Currents and Topography ), Atmosphere ( Winds )
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05 January 2018
Due to a scheduled maintenance starting on 09 January 2018, access to the On-The-Fly online dissemination systems will be unavailable and the access to the ERS and Envisat (A)SAR collections via EOLI-SA will also be affected during the maintenance on 10 January 2018.