What is GOCE?
ESA's dart-like Gravity field and Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) Earth Explorer orbits as close to Earth as possible - just 260 km up - to maximise its sensitivity to variations in Earth's gravity field.
Launched in 2009, GOCE's state-of-the-art gradiometer is mapping Earth's geoid to an unprecedented level of accuracy, opening a window into Earth's interior structure as well as the currents circulating within the depths of it's oceans.
Latest Mission Operations News
13 May 2016
ESA has created a User Satisfaction Survey which aims to help us to improve the services to all users of ESA Earth Observation, Copernicus Sentinel and Third Party Missions.
More than 600 participants have already provided their feedback during the recent Living Planet Symposium in Prague.
The survey, addressed to both scientific and commercial data users, will remain open until 31 May 2016.
A new version of the data visualisation tool VT GOCE is now available. It can be accessed directly via VT GOCE Web.
Out of the complete set of 6 global gravity gradients grids, at 225 km and at 255 km altitude, two full gradient grids have been updated due to computation algorithm improvements and a correction of the file header. The new grids now cover a longer time window and exhibit a reduced noise level.
Latest Mission Results News
27 July 2015
Data from ESA's GOCE gravity satellite are being used to improve models of Earth's geology, indicating the potential locations of subsurface energy sources.
04 May 2015
Registration is open for a free online course that provides an introduction to monitoring climate change using satellite Earth observation.
16 April 2015
Going far above and beyond its original mission objectives, results from the GOCE gravity satellite are now being used to produce maps for geothermal energy development.
25 November 2014
A year after the satellite reentered the atmosphere, scientists using data from the GOCE satellite have made a breakthrough in our understanding of ocean currents.
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GOCE Data Quality
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