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ERS 2 was an ESA earth resources spacecraft launched by an Ariane rocket from the Kourou Space Center in French Guiana. The 2,516 kg spacecraft carried a synthetic aperture radar for topographic studies, a wide beam radar (both in the C-band), a radar altimeter for measuring ocean surface and waves, a radiometer for measuring ocean surface temperatures, and an optical Global Ozone Monitor (GOME) that will monitor ozone and ozone-destroying gases and carried reflectors for laser tracking. It has a 6.5 gigabit tape recorder to record data from a full orbit.

Alternate Names

  • 23560
  • ERS2

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1995-04-21
Launch Vehicle: Ariane
Launch Site: Kourou, French Guiana
Mass: 2516 kg

Funding Agency

  • European Space Agency (International)


  • Earth Science

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office



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