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OCO


Orbiting Carbon Observatory
Also called ESSP 5

General


Designation n/a
Launch date 24 Feb 2009
Country of origin United States
Mission Observation of high atmosphere
Perigee/Apogee 700 km
Inclination  
Period  
Launch vehicle Taurus #8

Built for NASA JPL, worth $39 million


End of life


Out of service Launch failure
Cause Separation problem. The root caused was not discovered.

Would have collected and disseminates precise global measurements of carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations in the Earth's atmosphere to scientists studying global climate change.

Technical data



Specifications


Prime contractor OSC
Platform LeoStar-2
Mass at launch 407 kg
Dry mass  
Dimension  
Solar array  
Stabilization  
DC power  
Design lifetime 2 years


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