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Coriolis is an American (DOD) spacecraft that was launched by a Titan 2 rocket from Vandenberg AFB at 14:19 UT on January 2003. The 395 kg, 1,174 W, 3.0 m diameter, 6.9 m high, triaxially-stabilized spacecraft carried 82 kg of fuel and 340 kg of instruments. The two instruments are WindSat to monitor ocean surface winds, and SMEI to image Solar Mass Ejections (SME). Data will be stored onboard and downlinked to dedicated ground stations in x-band.

Alternate Names

  • 27640

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2003-01-06
Launch Vehicle: Titan II
Launch Site: Vandenberg AFB, United States
Nominal Power: 1174 W

Funding Agency

  • Department of Defense (United States)


  • Space Physics
  • Solar Physics
  • Earth Science

Additional Information

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



NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
Ms. Janet JohnsonProgram Manager
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