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Tue, 01 Jul, 2014 02:58:14 AM
FTimes Report, July 1
NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2 (OCO-2) satellite is ready for launching onto its orbit today (July 1), said a press release of Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI).
The FMI will be responsible for ensuring and improving the quality of observations to be made by the satellite, which will measure atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) volumes worldwide.
The satellite is scheduled to be launched from Vandenberg Air Force Station in California on-board a Delta II rocket today at 12.56 pm Finnish time.
The FMI will ensure the accuracy of satellite observations and improving their quality by conducting carbon dioxide measurements in Sodankylä with a Fourier Transform Spectrometer instrument.
FTS measurements were initiated in Sodankylä in 2009, and they have already been utilised in improving the accuracy of the Japanese Gosat satellite's observations.
The FMI will also participate in the utilisation of OCO-2 measurements in climate change research.
The OCO-2 satellite will be launched to an altitude of 705 kilometres onto an orbit that passes via the poles.
It will orbit in the so-called A-train satellite constellation together with five other satellites and 15 measurement instruments, one of which is the Dutch-Finnish Ozone Monitoring Instrument.
These satellites fly along the same orbit only minutes from one another. The OCO-2 will replace a similar satellite, the launch of which failed in 2009.
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