Full Name Greenhouse Gas Satellite - C3 (Luca) Status Operational (nominal)
Mission Agencies GHGSat Launch Date 25 May 2022
Mission Links EOL Date Dec 2026
EO Portal Info NORAD Catalog #
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Orbit Type TBD Orbit Period 95 minutes
Orbit Sense TBD Orbit Inclination 14 deg
Orbit Altitude 550 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST Repeat Cycle 14 days
Objectives and Applications High-resolution measurement of methane emissions from industrial sites.
Mission Measurements
AtmosphereCloud type, amount and cloud top temperature C&A
Trace gases (excluding ozone) WAF-P (CH4 only)
Mission Instruments
C&A - Cloud and Aerosol Sensor
WAF-P (CH4 only) - Wide-Angle Fabry-Perot Imaging Spectrometer (CH4 only)
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The GHGSat constellation aims to become the global reference for the remote sensing of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from any source in the world. The GHGSat constellation currently consists of GHGSat-D (Claire), GHGSat-C1 (Iris) and GHGSat-C2 (Hugo). Additional launches are foreseen over the coming years in order to achieve a 10 satellite constellation. The on-board spectrometer allows measurement of the vertical column abundances of greenhouse gases, especially methane. ESA offers access to worldwide GHGSat data (both archived and new acquisitions) via the TPM scheme. Read more

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