Early Orbit Phase

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Thanks to these measures of the thickness of the ice so precise in both types of ice, Cryosat-2 will provide critical information so that the scientists can understand the roll that the ice plays in the system Land. The satellite takes to a so sophisticated radar altimeter that it can overcome the difficulties to measure the ice surfaces. With the successful launching of the Cryosat-2 mission (second homologous mission to the insolvent Cryosat-1), the automatic management of the tracking station of satellites of Kiruna (pertaining to the network of stations of THAT) has increased in complexity. The location of this station in a position of high latitudes, in the north of Sweden, plays a fundamental role in the support to THAT for the satellites in low orbit, since it provides a visibility from 10 to 12 of the 14 daily orbits. The station of band S and X of Kiruna supports already up to four missions in parallel: ERS-2, ENVISAT, ENJOYMENT and CRYOSAT-2. This fact implies that the station must manage an average of 40 you happen to the day. Thanks to system CSMC of TCPSI, this management one stays totally automated contributing the same high reliability that takes giving from more than ten years. Even though the number of polar missions that must manage the station of Kiruna grows (it has planned more missions such as Aeolus or Swarm), the automatization, supervision and remote control that provides system CSMC causes that this task continues being " sencilla" and it fulfills all the needs with a high degree of excellence. In addition, this system equips to the station of Kiruna with a remote operation in real time what H allows an access of 24 from the control center of ESA (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany. During the operational phase of the satellite, the station of Kiruna one will be in charge of the pursuit and control of the satellite, and reception and processing of the scientific datas, once surpassed the launch period and early orbit (denominated LEOP- Launch and Early Orbit Phase).

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