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NASA ships sensors for seafaring satellite to France

US: Three NASA-built instruments that are integral components of the next in a series of US/European ocean altimetry satellites have arrived in France for integration with their spacecraft in preparation for a 2015 launch. Jason-3 will extend the two-decade series of satellites that are tracking global sea level changes and enabling more accurate weather, ocean and climate forecasts.

The three instruments are a microwave radiometer and two location-finding systems, along with associated ground support equipment. They will be integrated with the Jason-3 spacecraft and tested before being shipped back to California”s Vandenberg Air Force Base for launch in March 2015.

Jason-3 is designed to measure precisely the height of the ocean surface, allowing scientists to monitor ocean circulation and sea level.

Source: NASA