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That meant chilling OCO-2's light detectors to minus 244 degrees
"The successful activation of the OCO-2 cryocooler means that it is the 17th to operate in space without a failure. With 17 of these units on orbit,
OCO-2 is NASA's first dedicated Earth remote sensing satellite for studying atmospheric carbon dioxide. This newest member of the international Afternoon (or "A Train") Constellation of Earth- observing satellites will give a bigger, clearer and more complete global picture of this greenhouse gas.
Other NASA climate monitoring missions that use the company's pulse tube cryocoolers include the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder on Earth Observing System (EOS) Aqua and the Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer on EOS Aura.
The cryocooler is the fourth in
Twenty other HEC units from
Along with cryocoolers, the company's aerospace products group offers a spacecraft bus family; sensors such as hyperspectral imagers and passive millimeter wave cameras; and wideband communication links.
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Cryogenic refrigerators from
According to a release from the Company, NASA launched