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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – MISSION SUMMARY - MERLIN -
Full Name Methane Remote Sensing Lidar Mission
aka D/F Climate Mission
Status Approved
Mission Agencies CNES, DLR Launch Date Dec 2023
Mission Links mission site EOL Date Nov 2026
EO Portal Info
Orbit Type Sun-synchronous Orbit Period 90 minutes
Orbit Sense Ascending Orbit Inclination
Orbit Altitude 500 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST 6:00 or 18:00 Repeat Cycle 28 days
Objectives and Applications Global atmospheric methane concentration.
Mission Measurements
CategoryParameterInstrument(s)
AtmosphereTrace gases (excluding ozone) IPDA LIDAR
Mission Instruments
IPDA LIDAR - Integrated Path Differential Absorption Light Detection and Ranging Instrument
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