NASA’s first satellite created to make space-based measurements of atmospheric carbon dioxide is in space and getting ready for work, thanks to the efforts of a team at Orbital Sciences.
The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) was designed, built and tested at Orbital Science’s satellite manufacturing facility in Gilbert. “OCO-2 will ultimately reveal how increasing CO2 concentrations are driving climate change around the globe,” said Mike Miller, Orbital’s senior vice president of science and environmental satellite programs.
After the early July launch, Orbital’s role continues as it oversees mission operations of OCO-2 from the company’s Mission Operations Center in Dulles, VA. Once testing is complete, the spacecraft will maneuver into orbit at a 438-mile altitude. It is designed to operate for at least two years.