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Joseph Bushman: Orbital Sciences’ Carbon-Monitoring Satellite Joins ‘A-Train’ Constellation

Joseph Bushman: Orbital Sciences' Carbon-Monitoring Satellite Joins 'A-Train' Constellation - top government contractors - best government contracting event

OrbitalAn Orbital Sciences-built carbon tracker spacecraft has arrived at its final orbital position in the Afternoon Constellation, which comprises of multiple satellites designed to collect environmental data worldwide.

NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 completed nine orbit-raising maneuvers before reaching  an operational orbit at the A-Train head that is located approximately 438 miles above Earth, Orbital Sciences said Tuesday.

“The OCO-2 mission has achieved all checkout objectives on or ahead of schedule since launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base just over a month ago,” said Joseph Bushman, an Orbital Sciences program manager.

“The post-launch operations, including the critical maneuvering of the satellite into the A-Train, have all gone very smoothly,“ Bushman added.

Orbital and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory jointly tested the carbon-monitoring instrument onboard the spacecraft and gathered initial science data from the satellite.

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