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JASON is classified as:


NORAD ID: 26997
Int'l Code: 2001-055A
Perigee: 1,325.8 km
Apogee: 1,339.4 km
Inclination: 66.0 °
Period: 112.1 minutes
Semi major axis: 7703 km
RCS: 3.3256 m2 (large)
Launch date: December 7, 2001
Source: United States (US)
Launch site: AIR FORCE WESTERN TEST RANGE (AFWTR)

Jason 1 is an American-French (NASA-CNES) oceanographic satellite. It is intended to supplement and extend the TOPEX-Poseidon mission results by monitoring the sea surface level and wave heights. The 500 kg, 1.0 kW, triaxially stabilized spacecraft carries five instruments. The main observation/experiment is done by the altimeters; the four other instruments merely provide auxiliary data to correct and refine the altimeter data.
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NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog

Two Line Element Set (TLE):
1 26997U 01055A   18175.94499337 -.00000027 +00000-0 +14549-3 0  9990
2 26997 066.0406 041.1537 0008821 262.9690 187.3022 12.83995433774470
Source of the keplerian elements: AFSPC