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Satellite Programme: Greenhouse gas Observing Satellite
Satellite programme designed to monitor CO2 and other greenhouse gases. Japanese name: Ibuki meaning “breath”.
The third flight unit will host the follow-on of AMSR-2, initially flown on GCOM-W.
Japanese programme: JAXA responsible of development and operations; instrument development funded by Japan's Ministry of Environment (MOE).
The platform is actively stabilised over 3 axes.
The design life time is 5 years.
The satellite exploits sunsynchronous orbit around 13:00.
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Data downlinked through the DRTS data relay satellite. Also, stored onboard and downlinked to Svalbard.
Data processing at the JAXA Earth Observation Center (EOC) in Hatoyama.
2009 - 2027
Associated satellites and instruments
Note: red tag => no longer operational , green tag => operational , blue tag => planned
Greenhouse gas Observing Satellite
(2009 - 2019)
(2018 - 2023)
(2022 - 2027)