SeaStar spacecraft, developed by
OSC, carries the
SeaWiFS instrument and was
launched to low Earth orbit on board an extended Pegasus launch
August 1, 1997. The SeaWiFS instrument will be the only
scientific payload on the SeaStar spacecraft.
OSC has the sole
responsibility for the development, launch, and command and control
of the satellite. The development of the SeaWiFS instrument was
subcontracted to Hughes/SBRC, but
OSC maintains ultimate responsibility for the instrument.
Data center only collected the data covering
the West China, especially the Himalayas regions. The main objective
is monitoring the glacier and snow cover in the cryoshpere of China.