Observing Systems Capability Analysis and Review Tool
Satellite Programme: Orbiting Carbon Observatory
Three-satellite programme (1st: failed at launch, 2nd: recovery, 3rd: continuation) for atmospheric chemistry.
USA programme: NASA responsible of development and operations.
The platforms are actively stabilised over 3 axes.
The design life time of the satellite is 2 years.
Sunsynchronous orbit with ECT around 13:30, joining the A-Train. For OCO-3, launch on the International Space Station is envisaged.
The replacement policy is based on launching satellites in sequence, roughly 6 months before the expected end-of-life of a satellite.
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Global onboard storage.
Data acquisition, processing and dissemination by the NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, California.
2009 - 2020
Associated satellites and instruments
Note: red tag => no longer operational , green tag => operational , blue tag => planned
Orbiting Carbon Observatory
(2009 - 2009)
(2014 - 2020)