The ADEOS2 is a large satelite build under contract to the japanese space agency NASDA. NASA/JPL has delivered a precision scatterometer, the SeaWind, that is to make precission mapping of surface wind patterns. The predecessor of this instrument flew on the NSCAT, detecting and monitoring e.g. the "el Nino" phenonomon. When NCAT ceased to operate, it was decided to upscope the ADEOS2/SeaWind with a precision attitude reference to enable a continued global monitoring. The Advanced Stellar Compass was selected to provide the attitude measuremets.
|Effective start/end date||09/06/1998 → …|