Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) is a satellite which forms part of ESA’s Living Planet Programme. It is intended to provide new insights into Earth’s water cycle and climate. In addition, it is intended to provide improved weather forecasting and monitoring of snow and ice accumulation.

The satellite was launched on 2 November 2009 (04:50 (01:50 GMT)) to a nearly circular orbit of 763 km aboard a Rokot, a modified Russian Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) SS-19 launched from a decommissioned SS-19 launcher from Northern Russia’s Plesetsk Cosmodrome. The SMOS satellite was launched together with the Proba-2, a technology demonstration satellite.

SMOS satellite. ESA

About the SMOS scaled model

The detailed 1: 6 scale model of SMOS. It is a model created to hang from the ceiling or to place on a support. Made for a small demonstrator for the European Space Agency.

Materials used: Wood, metal, plastic, etc.

Satellite details. SpaceRobotics.EU
Final model in study. SpaceRobotics.EU