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Table 6 Satellites organized by period of expected flight, and by orbit, sun-synchronous LEO, or GEO, or low-inclination angle. Older instruments are higher in the order and newer instruments lower on the list

From: Current and near-term advances in Earth observation for ecological applications

  Sun-Synchronous Sun-Synchronous Low Inclination Sun-Synchronous Low Inclination Sun-Synchronous Low Inclination Sun-Synchronous Low Inclination Sun-Synchronous Low Inclination
Orbit Orbit Orbit Orbit Orbit Orbit Orbit Orbit Orbit Orbit Orbit
Study Site Size Plot,500 m2 Local, 1 km2 Landscape, 10 km2 Regional, 100 km2 National, 1000 km2 Continental-Global,0.25 deg
Target Land & Inland Water Land & Inland Water Land & Inland Water Land & Inland Water Large Features/Areas Area Averages
Examples Urban/Transects Agriculture/Forests/ Deserts Agriculture/Forests/ Deserts Watersheds/Islands Ecosystems/Biomes/ Terrestrial Tiles
Flux Towers Lakes/Wetlands/Coasts Lakes/Wetlands/Coasts Ecosystems/Bays/Lakes/Oceans Coastlines/Plumes/Oceans Ocean Patterns
Archive EO-1/Hyperion$ EO-1/Hyperion$ DESIS$ EO-1/Hyperion$ DESIS$ MODIS      
EO-1/ALI$ EO-1/ALI$ ECOSTRESS$ EO-1/ALI$ ECOSTRESS$ VIIRS      
CHRIS-PROBA$ CHRIS-PROBA$ GEDI$   ISS/GEDI$ MERIS ISS/GEDI$     
Landsats 1-5$ Landsats 1-5$ OCO-3$ Landsats 1-5$ OCO-3$ Landsats 1-5$ ISS/OCO-3$     
Landsats 7-8 Landsats 7-8 HISUI$ Landsats-7-8 HISUI$ Landsats-7-8   Landsats 7-8    
ASTER#$ ASTER#$      Himawari-8   Himawari-8   Himawari-8
Sentinel-1 Sentinel-1A, 1B   Sentinel-1 A, B   Sentinel-1 A, B GOES-16,-17 Sentinel-1 A, B GOES-16,17 Sentinel-1 A, B GOES-16,17
Sentinel-2A,B Sentinel-2A,B   Sentinel-2A,B   Sentinel-2A,B   Sentinel-2A,B   Sentinel-2 A. B  
    Sentinel-3A,B   Sentinel-3A,B   Sentinel-3A,B   Sentinel-3A,B  
VENμS$ VENμS$   VENμS$        
  PRISMA$   PRISMA$   PRISMA$      
      S-5P TROPOMI   S-5P TROPOMI   S-5P TROPOMI  
    Terra, Aqua   Terra, Aqua   Terra, Aqua   Terra, Aqua  
    Suomi NPP VIIRS   Suomi NPP VIIRS   Suomi NPP   Suomi NPP  
    MERIS (EnviSat)   MERIS (EnviSat)   MERIS (EnviSat)   MERIS (EnviSat)  
        NOAA 20   NOAA 20  
2021-2025 Landsats 8#-9 Landsats 8#-9   Landsats 8#-9 Sentinel-4 Landsats 8#-9 Sentinel-4 Landsats 8#-9 Sentinel-4 Landsats 8#-9 Sentinel-4
ASTER#$ ASTER#$          
Sentinel 1A, 1B Sentinel 1A, 1B   Sentinel 1A, 1B   Sentinel 1A, 1B   Sentinel 1A, 1B   Sentinel 1A, 1B  
Sentinel-2A,2B Sentinel-2A,2B   Sentinel-2A,2B Sentinel-6 Sentinel-2A,2B Sentinel-6 Sentinel-2A,2B Sentinel-6 Sentinel-2A,2B Sentinel-6
    Sentinel-3A,B,C   Sentinel-3A,B,C   Sentinel-3A,B,C   Sentinel-3A,B,C  
   DESIS$   DESIS$ S-5P TROPOMI   S-5P TROPOMI   S-5P TROPOMI  
   ECOSTRESS$ Sentinel-5 ECOSTRESS$ Sentinel-5   Sentinel-5   Sentinel-5  
PRISMA$# PRISMA$# GEDI$ PRISMA$# ISS/GEDI$       
EnMAP$# EnMAP$# OCO-3$ EnMAP$# OCO-3$       
EE-7,BIOMASS$ EE-7, BIOMASS$ HISUI$ EE-7, BIOMASS$ HISUI$ EE-7, BIOMASS$   EE-7, Biomass$   EE-7, Biomass$  
EE-8, FLEX EE-8, FLEX EMIT$ EE-8, FLEX EMIT$ EE-8, FLEX   EE-8, FLEX   EE-8, FLEX  
         Himawari-8, -9   Himawari-8, -9
      WildFireSatS GOES-16, 17 WildFireSatS GOES-16, 17   GOES-16, 17
    NISAR   NISAR MTG-I A,B& NISAR MTG-I A,B& NISAR MTG-I A,B&
    PACE   PACE   PACE   PACE  
    Terra#, Aqua#   Terra#, Aqua#   Terra#, Aqua#   Terra#, Aqua#  
    Suomi NPP#   Suomi NPP#   Suomi NPP#   Suomi NPP#  
    NOAA 20, 21   NOAA 20, 21   NOAA 20, 21   NOAA 20, 21  
    METOP-SG A1   METOP-SG A1   METOP-SG A1   METOP-SG A1  
2025-2030 Landsat 9, 10 Landsat 9, 10   Landsat 9, 10   Landsat 9, 10 Sentinel-4-series# Landsat 9, 10 Sentinel-4-series# Landsat 9, 10 Sentinel-4-series#
Sentinel-1 series# Sentinel-1 series#   Sentinel-1 series#   Sentinel-1 series#   Sentinel-1 series#   Sentinel-1 series#  
Sentinel-2 series# Sentinel-2 series#   Sentinel-2 series# Sentinel-6 Sentinel-2 series# Sentinel-6-series Sentinel-2 series# Sentinel-6-series Sentinel-2 series# Sentinel-6-series
    Sentinel-3 series*   Sentinel-3 series* Sentinel-7, CO2M Sentinel-3 series* Sentinel-7, CO2M Sentinel-3 series* Sentinel-7, CO2M
      Sentinel-5-series   Sentinel-5-series   Sentinel-5-series  
Sentinel-8, LSTM** Sentinel-8, LSTM**   Sentinel-8, LSTM**   Sentinel-8, LSTM**   Sentinel-8, LSTM**   Sentinel-8, LSTM**  
PRISMA$# PRISMA$#   PRISMA$#        
EnMAP$# EnMAP$#          
    EE-7, BIOMASS$   EE-7, BIOMASS$   EE-7, Biomass$    
    EE-8, FLEX#   EE-8, FLEX#   EE-8, FLEX#    
   ISS/EMIT$ S-5P TROPOMI# ISS/EMIT$ S-5P TROPOMI   S-5P TROPOMI   S-5P TROPOMI  
SBG** SBG**   SBG**   SBG** GeoCARB SBG** GeoCARB SBG** GeoCARB
Sentinel-10, CHIME** Sentinel-10, CHIME**   Sentinel-10, CHIME**   Sentinel-10, CHIME** Himawari 8, -9 Sentinel-10, CHIME** Himawari 8, -9 Sentinel-10, CHIME** Himawari 8, -9
  NISAR   NISAR   NISAR GOES-18, 19 NISAR GOES-18, 19 NISAR GOES-18, 19
    PACE   PACE MTG-I A,B& PACE MTG-I A,B& PACE MTG-I A,B&
    NOAA-20 series   NOAA-20 series   NOAA-20 series   NOAA-20 series  
    METOP-SG-I A,B   METOP-SG-I A,B   METOP-SG-I A,B   METOP-SG-I A,B  
Beyond 2030 Landsat tbd** Landsat tbd**   Landsat tbd**   Landsat tbd**   Landsat tbd**   Landsat tbd**  
Sentinel-1 series# Sentinel-1 series#   Sentinel-1 series#   Sentinel-1 series# Sentinel-4-series* Sentinel-1 series# Sentinel-4-series* Sentinel-1 series# Sentinel-4-series*
Sentinel-2 series# Sentinel-2 series#   Sentinel-2 series#   Sentinel-2 series#   Sentinel-2 series#   Sentinel-2 series#  
    Sentinel-3 series* Sentinel-6-series* Sentinel-3 series* Sentinel-6-series* Sentinel-3 series* Sentinel-6-series* Sentinel-3 series* Sentinel-6-series*
    Sentinel-5-series*   Sentinel-5-series*   Sentinel-5-series*   Sentinel-5-series*  
Sentinel-8, LSTM** Sentinel-8, LSTM**   Sentinel-8, LSTM**   Sentinel-8, LSTM** Sentinel-7, CO2M* Sentinel-8, LSTM** Sentinel-7, CO2M* Sentinel-8, LSTM** Sentinel-7, CO2M*
     GeoCARB*#   GeoCARB*# EE-7, BIOMASS$ GeoCARB*#   GeoCARB*#
       Himawari-series EE-8, FLEX# Himawari-series   Himawari-series
    Sentinel-5P TROPOMI#   Sentinel-5P TROPOMI# GOES-19-series Sentinel-5P TROPOMI# GOES-19-series Sentinel-5P TROPOMI# GOES-19-series
    NISAR#   NISAR# MTG-series NISAR# MTG-series NISAR# MTG-series
    PACE*   PACE*   PACE*   PACE*  
SBG** SBG**   SBG**   SBG**   SBG**   SBG**  
Sentinel-10, CHIME** Sentinel-10, CHIME**   Sentinel-10, CHIME**   Sentinel-10, CHIME**   Sentinel-10, CHIME**   Sentinel-10, CHIME**  
        NOAA-20 series*   NOAA-20 series*  
        METOP-SG series*   METOP-SG series*  
  1. $ Sampling Mission: Limited Collections in space or time
  2. # Continuation Uncertain
  3. * Expected to be Available
  4. ** Anticipated Mission
  5. blank entries are left in table to allow following an instrument across spatial scales