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Orbital designed, built and tested the carbon dioxide-measuring spacecraft at its satellite manufacturing facility in
'We want to thank JPL for its confidence in Orbital on this important mission, which will help scientists understand the sources of carbon dioxide emissions and the natural processes that remove it from the atmosphere,' said Mr.
Following its deployment, the OCO-2 satellite will undergo several weeks of in-orbit testing to verify that all major subsystems are operating as planned. Once testing is complete, the spacecraft will be commanded to maneuver into a 438-mile altitude, near-polar orbit with five other scientific satellites as part of the Afternoon (A-Train) Constellation.
This international constellation of Earth-observing satellites circles the globe once every 98 minutes in a Sun-synchronous orbit that crosses the equator near
Orbital will perform the day-to-day mission operations of OCO-2 for JPL from the company's
Orbital's newest satellite delivery represents the 151st spacecraft the company has completed for customers in the past 32 years, spanning the global commercial, civil government and military and intelligence space systems markets. Of these, 78 have carried out commercial communications and imaging missions and 73 have supported government scientific, national security and space exploration missions.
Orbital-built satellites have now amassed approximately 1,100 years of in-orbit experience, a number that will continue to grow as the company is scheduled to deploy up to nine spacecraft in 2014 for commercial communications, space station logistics, scientific research and national security missions.
Orbital develops and manufactures small- and medium-class rockets and space systems for commercial, military and civil government customers. The company's primary products are satellites and launch vehicles, including low-Earth orbit, geosynchronous-Earth orbit and planetary exploration spacecraft for communications, remote sensing, scientific and defense missions; human-rated space systems for Earth-orbit, lunar and other missions; ground- and air-launched rockets that deliver satellites into orbit and missile defense systems that are used as interceptor and target vehicles.
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