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Orbital Sciences, NASA to Launch Carbon-Monitoring Spacecraft; Mike Miller Comments

Orbital Sciences, NASA to Launch Carbon-Monitoring Spacecraft; Mike Miller Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event

rocket launchA spacecraft Orbital Sciences built for NASA is set to blast off Tuesday morning on a two-year mission to measure carbon dioxide levels in Earth’s atmoshphere.

Orbital Sciences will launch the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 satellite aboard a Delta II rocket Tuesday at 2:56 a.m. Pacific Time from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the company said Monday.

“We are looking forward to a successful launch tomorrow and are eager to begin in-orbit testing and, later, operating the satellite for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory,” said Mike Miller, Orbital senior vice president for science and environmental satellite programs.

“OCO-2 will ultimately reveal how increasing CO2 concentrations are driving climate change around the globe,” Miller added.

Orbital’s mission operations center in Dulles, Virginia will be responsible for maneuvering the 990-pound satellite.

NASA intends for OCO-2 to join the A-Train international constellation of Earth observation satellites, which circle the planet once every 98 minutes while in a sun-synchronous orbit and make equator crossings in the early afternoon, according to Orbital.

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Written by Mary-Louise Hoffman

is a writer of news summaries about executive-level business activity in the government contracting sector. Her reports for ExecutiveBiz are focused on trends and events that drive the GovCon industry to include commercial technologies that private companies are developing for federal government use. She contributes news content to ExecutiveBiz’s sister sites GovCon Wire and ExecutiveGov.

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