We are glad to inform you that the Program Board for Earth Observation (PB-EO) of ESA voted the SMOS mission extension following the ACEO (Advisory Committee for Earth Observation) review report:
« Member states’ delegations were very positive about both the achievements so far as well as the detailed plan being put forward for the extension. «
CNES (the French Space Agency also funding the mission exploitation), has already granted funding until 2021 (actually 2019 with extension to 2021 pending PB-EO vote which we now have).
So, should everything go nicely with the satellite and platform, we have data guaranteed until 2021!
SMOS is now over 9 year old and still going strong by the way!