Orbiting Carbon Observatory

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Orbiting Carbon Observatory
Orbiting Carbon Observatory 1.jpg
Artist rendition of the OCO satellite as it would look in orbit
Mission type Climatology
Operator NASA
Mission duration Launch failure
Planned: 2 years
Spacecraft properties
Bus LEOStar-2
Manufacturer Orbital Sciences[1]
Launch mass 530 kg (1,170 lb)[1]
Payload mass 150 kg (330 lb)[1]
Dimensions Stowed: 2.3 × 1.4 m (7.5 × 4.6 ft)[1]
Power 786 W[1]
Start of mission
Launch date 24 February 2009, 09:55 (2009-02-24UTC09:55) UTC
Rocket Taurus-XL 3110
Launch site Vandenberg LC-576E
Contractor Orbital
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Sun-synchronous
Orbiting Carbon Observatory Logo.jpg

The Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) was a NASA satellite mission that was supposed to provide world-wide observations of atmospheric carbon dioxide from space. (CO2). It was lost in a launch failure on February 24, 2009, when the box of the Taurus rocket which was carrying it failed to come off during launch.[2] The added weight of the box it was in prevented the satellite from reaching its intended speed and height.[3] After that it fell back into the atmosphere and crashed[4] into the Indian Ocean near Antarctica.[5] Rocket was lit at 09:55:30 GMT.[6]

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