Minimize QuikSCAT
The SeaWinds on QuikSCAT mission was a NASA/JPL mission that provided continuity to data from the NASA Scatterometer (NSCAT) mission. QSCAT data provide all-weather, high-resolution measurements of near-surface winds over global oceans to determine atmospheric forcing, ocean response, and air-sea interaction mechanisms on various spatial and temporal scales. QSCAT was used in operational weather forecasting as well as in scientific research, by combining wind data with measurements from scientific instruments in other disciplines to provide a better understanding the mechanisms of global climate change and weather patterns.
News from the mission
  • Visit JPL (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory) for status reports and news.
  • QuikSCAT data are processed by NASA and distributed to the scientific community by JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory).
    They are available by FTP here.
  • ESA through F-PAF/CERSAT retrieves these data by Internet, or on exabyte, and makes them available to the European Community the day after. Colocated products with ERS AMI-Wind, ERS Radar Altimeter, topEX Altimeter and SSM/I are generated within 2 weeks.
    They are distributed on FTP and through WWW server here.
  • Product Details - detailed descriptions of data
Facts and figures
Operators NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)
Date of Launch 19 June 1999
Status Out of service
Orbit Height 803 km
Orbit Type Circular sun-synchronous polar
Repeat Cycle N/A
Resolution 50 km
Swath Width 1800 km
Onboard Sensors provided under TPM
  • SeaWinds