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Also called CarbonSat, Tan Weixing


Designation 41898 / 16081A
Launch date 21 Dec 2016
Country of origin China
Mission Remote sensing
Perigee/Apogee 700 km sunsynchronous
Inclination 98.2°
Period 98 min
Launch vehicle Long March 2D #229

It will monitor the concentration, distribution and flow of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere.
TanSat will thoroughly examine global CO2 levels every 16 days, accurate to at least 4 ppm (parts per million).

Technical data


Prime contractor SIMIT
Mass at launch 620 kg
Dry mass  
Solar array  
DC power  
Design lifetime 3 years

2 instruments:
CarbonSpec: a high resolution CO2 Spectrometer
CAPI (Cloud and Aerosol Polarimetry Imager) to compensate the CO2 measurement errors

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