||It has been suggested that WINDSAT be merged into this article. (Discuss) Proposed since March 2015.|
||This article contains orbital elements but does not include an epoch, or date when those elements, which typically vary over time, were correct.|
|Mission type||Earth and Solar observation|
|Launch mass||395 kilograms (871 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||January 6, 2003, 14:19UTC|
|Launch site||Vandenberg SLC-4W|
|Perigee||822 kilometers (511 mi)|
|Apogee||842 kilometers (523 mi)|
The Coriolis satellite is a Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Earth and space observation satellite launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, on 2003-01-06 at 14:19 GMT.
WINDSAT was developed and managed by the Space Test Program at Kirtland AFB NM
Solar Mass Ejection Imager (SMEI)
The Solar Mass Ejection Imager (SMEI) is an instrument intended to detect disturbances in the solar wind by means of imaging scattered light from the free electrons in the plasma of the solar wind. To do this three CCD cameras observe sections of the sky of size 60 by 3 degree.
As the SMEI instrument observers the whole sky, data generated has been used to observe periodic changes in the brightness of stars. This data be used to detect asteroseismological oscillation in giant stars, and for the detection of large eclipsing extra-solar planets.
- WINDSAT site at NOAA
- Ray, Justin. "Coriolis launched to track ocean winds, solar storms". Spaceflight Now.
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