Icesat-2 is a government satellite operated by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) (USA) for the purpose of earth science (Laser Imaging).
Delivered via Delta 2 (launch vehicle) from Vandenberg AFB, it was launched into space on 15 September 2018 and orbits the Earth as a polar LEO satellite. Icesat-2 was constructed by Northrup Grumman Information Systems (USA).
Icesat-2 has a launch mass of 1,515 kg and is expected to have a operational lifetime of 3 years. It navigates with the COSPAR ID 2018-070A and NORAD ID 43613.
With an orbital eccentricity of 9.51E-04, the satellite's perigee, which is the point of the orbit closest to the Earth's center of mass, is 455km while its apogee, which is the point of the orbit farthest from the Earth's center of mass, is 468km. It takes 94 minutes to orbit the Earth at an inclination of 93 degrees to the equatorial plane of the Earth.