SEASAT sparked to life on the twenty sixth of June 1978 providing heretofore unavailable coverage of the worlds oceans. For the first time a space platform used an array of active and passive microwave sensors which could penetrate weather and cloud layers and were impervious to day/night conditions. As a brand new star in our technological galaxy, SEASAT uniquely mapped the global oceans every 36 hours until a power failure caused its untimely death barely more than 100 days after its birth. What survived was a collection of incredible radar images of surface conditions; a continuous synoptic view of global surface wind and temperature measurements; important topographic data ranging from the essentially stable geoid to the varying behavior of currents, tides and daily sea state of surface roughness conditions; and more importantly the unquenched interest of thousands of users that had been preparing for over five years for SEASAT. The early data that poured forth from SEASAT fanned the already eager interest of domestic and international scientists and industrial users. What remains is a rare and valuable data set that proves that such a system will work, balanced with an unfullfilled need to apply these technologies for the public good in future programs.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Proceedings of the Eleventh Annual OTC held in Houston, Texas April 30-May 3, 1979, Volume 1.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Offshore Technology Conference

    6200 North Central Expressway
    Dallas, TX  United States  45206
  • Authors:
    • McCandless Jr, S W
  • Publication Date: 1979

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  • Accession Number: 00195848
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Offshore Technology Conference
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Volume 1 Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1979 12:00AM