animations CIMR in orbit

This page holds several animations of the orbit and coverage of the CIMR mission.

They are all courtesy Montserrat Pinol Sole from the European Space Agency (ESA). We recommend viewing them in full-screen.

CIMR Arctic coverage

 

The animation above shows an Arctic view of how the CIMR mission will orbit the Earth. The yellow swath extends >1900 km below the satellite (satellite ground-track is plotted in green). The animation aggregates 24 hours of observations and show the excellent sub-daily revisit planned with this mission in the Arctic (and generally polar) regions. The geographical North pole is imaged on every swath (hence the "no hole at the pole" capability).
Note also how the orbit follows the terminator between day and night at the Equator as the Earth rotates (hence the name dawn-dusk orbit, a special case of Sun-Synchonous orbits). See also this page for static views of the daily revisit in Arctic, Antarctic, and global views.
 

Synchronization with EPS-SG "B" mission

The two animations below show the temporal collocation of CIMR with the upcoming EUMETSAT Polar Satellite - Second Generation "B" satellite (the first of these should launch in 2023). EPS-SG "B" satellites will carry many instruments, including the MicroWave Imager (MWI) and the Scatterometer (SCA) that both will be very interesting to use in synergy with CIMR, for a wide range of retrievals. In the animations below, the swath plotted for EPS-SG is that of SCA. Note how the collocation happens in only few minutes in the polar regions (few hours at the Equator).