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QuikSCAT Project Status. June 5, 2006. QuikSCAT Project Status. QuikSCAT spacecraft, instrument and ground system continue to function well and are meeting mission requirements Aging of the scatterometer antenna bearings is the highest mission risk

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Quikscat project status

QuikSCAT Project Status

June 5, 2006


Quikscat project status

QuikSCAT Project Status

  • QuikSCAT spacecraft, instrument and ground system continue to function well and are meeting mission requirements

    • Aging of the scatterometer antenna bearings is the highest mission risk

    • Friction in the bearings fluctuates, but continues to return to nominal “comfort zone” levels

    • Margin remains on the motor torque capacity; spin rate is not effected

  • Data series is now nearly seven years long

  • Improved science data products have been developed and will be released publicly in July

    • Full mission reprocessing should complete by the end of 2006

  • NASA budget provides for continuing the QuikSCAT mission through FY2009

    • Budget for FY08 and FY09 are subject to the 2007 Senior Review

  • Ocean Vector Winds Science Team was re-competed in 2005

    • 22 science investigations have been funded for 4 years beginning April 2006

    • Next team meeting is July 5-7, 2006 in Salt Lake City


New reprocessed data products

New/Reprocessed Data Products

  • Changes include:

    • Refinements to wind retrieval

    • Model function was adjusted to boost high wind speeds

    • 12.5 km sigma0 and wind vectors (in addition to standard 25 km)

    • Improved rain flagging

    • Higher resolution land masking

    • Improved error bars

  • Reprocessed data products were evaluated by subset of OVWST

    • Conclusions and recommendations :

      • Rain flag looks good and is ready for full release

      • 25 km and 12.5 km resolution winds are credible and ready for full release

      • Don’t attempt to be more aggressive on land flag

      • Smooth echo tracking to minimize side effects on land and ice

      • Scale error bar estimates and evaluate them relative to co-located buoy data

      • OK to begin reprocessing as soon as possible and begin using new algorithms on QuikSCAT daily products when ready

  • NOAA near real time data processing

    • Code has been updated to include the new science product features

    • Evaluation by NOAA is in process


Quikscat project status

Rain Flagging

JPL Beta Standard

JPL Current


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