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
Presentations from the 5th International GOCE User Workshop, which took place in Paris from 25 to 28 November 2014 are now available for download.
GOCE gravity gradient grids covering the release 4 data volume (November 2009 until July 2012) are now available for download through the GOCE Virtual Online Archive.
07 January 2015
The GOCE iBook, covering the mission's aim to study Earth's Gravity from Space, is now available on the iTunes store.
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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