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SARAL is classified as:


NORAD ID: 39086
Int'l Code: 2013-009A
Perigee: 790.7 km
Apogee: 793.5 km
Inclination: 98.5 °
Period: 100.6 minutes
Semi major axis: 7163 km
RCS: 2.167 m2 (large)
Launch date: February 25, 2013
Source: India (IND)
Launch site: SRIHARIKOTA (SRI)

SARAL is a 900-pound (408-kg) satellite equipped with a Ka-band altimeter to measure the height of ocean waves. Jointly developed by France and India, the SARAL mission will bounce radar waves off ocean and ice surfaces to measure topography, pulling back the curtain on ocean circulation and giving scientists insights into its role in global climate. The radar signal will measure the height of waves with an accuracy of just a few inches, a feat similar to measuring the thickness of paper lying on the ground from the top of a skyscraper. SARAL also carries a communications package named ARGOS to collect observations from a network of ocean buoys and ground stations providing in situ data on wave height, period, water and air temperature, and other conditions.
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NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog

Two Line Element Set (TLE):
1 39086U 13009A   18201.79136237  .00000003  00000-0  17268-4 0  9990
2 39086  98.5410  28.1509 0001939 120.5626 239.5749 14.32019005282156
Source of the keplerian elements: AFSPC