CryoSat is an ESA programme which will monitor variations in the extent and thickness of polar ice through use of a satellite in low Earth orbit. The information provided about the behaviour of coastal glaciers that drain thinning ice sheets will be key to better predictions of future sea-level rise.
The CryoSat-1 spacecraft was lost in a launch failure in 2005, however the programme was resumed with the successful launch of a replacement, CryoSat-2, launched on 8 April 2010.
The integration of new processor - Baseline BC - is performed by the eXpert Product Reprocessing Scalable Service X-PReSS consortium under ESA management.
The progress of the different activities is summarized in the figure.