Discontinuation of OSCAT Data Retrieval

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The PO.DAAC regrets to inform its users of the discontinuation of data retrieval for its OSCAT Level 2B dataset produced by the QuikSCAT science data systems team at JPL.
The OSCAT scatterometer onboard the Oceansat-2 spacecraft experienced failure in its traveling wave tube amplifier (TWTA) toward the end of February 2014. As a result, science data processing of ocean surface wind vector data has permanently ceased. The last available file from the QuikSCAT science data systems team provided to the PO.DAAC is effective for 20 February 2014 corresponding to orbital revolution 23370 ending at 2330 UTC. The data retrieved over the course of the mission will remain available at the PO.DAAC for continued public distribution.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) was responsible for the design, launch and operation of the OSCAT instrument and the Oceansat-2 spacecraft. This announcement comes just before the completion of OSCAT’s five year anniversary.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at: podaac@podaac.jpl.nasa.gov