Full Name Greenhouse Gas Satellite - Demonstrator (Claire) Status Operational (extended)
Mission Agencies GHGSat Launch Date 22 Jun 2016
Mission Links mission site EOL Date Dec 2024
EO Portal Info NORAD Catalog # 41602 (TLE)
International Designator 2016-040D
Orbit Type Sun-synchronous Orbit Period 95 minutes
Orbit Sense Descending Orbit Inclination 97.3 deg
Orbit Altitude 512 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST 9:30 Repeat Cycle 14 days
Objectives and Applications A technology demonstrator for GHGSat to prove their observation of greenhouse gases (CO2, CH4).
Mission Measurements
AtmosphereCloud type, amount and cloud top temperature C&A (Demo)
Trace gases (excluding ozone) WAF-P (Demo)
Mission Instruments
C&A (Demo) - Cloud and Aerosol Sensor (Demo)
WAF-P (Demo) - Wide-Angle Fabry-Perot Imaging Spectrometer (Demo)
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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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