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QuikScat (Quick Scatterometer) was an American oceanographic satellite. It measured ocean winds and directions by monitoring wind-induced ripples by means of a microwave scatterometer. The scanning width was 1,800 km. The instrument was a follow-up to the scatterometer on-board the Japanese ADEOS spacecraft (96-046A) that operated until 30 June 1997.

Access to daily data and animation from the ocean-wind tracker, managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, CA, is available on the internet at:

and at:

Alternate Names

  • 25789
  • Quick Scatterometer

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1999-06-20
Launch Vehicle: Titan II
Launch Site: Vandenberg AFB, United States

Funding Agency

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (United States)


  • Earth Science

Additional Information

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

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