BackForwardInstrument:  CO sensor 

Instrument details
Acronym CO sensor
Full name Carbon oxide sensor
Purpose CO monitoring
Short description SWIR/MWIR spectrometer, wavelength 2.3 and 4.6 μm for CO. Options for CH4 at 2.3 μm and CO2 at 2.1 μm also considered
Background New development
Scanning Technique Nadir viewing, only daylight
Resolution 250 m
Coverage / Cycle Global coverage in one month for cells of 70 km
Mass 100 kg Power 100 W Data Rate 28 Mbps


Providing Agency NASA
Instrument Maturity Demonstrated by simulations
Utilization Period: TBD
Last update: 2014-09-17
Detailed characteristics
Satellites this instrument is flying on

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Instrument classification
  • Earth observation instrument
  • Passive optical radiometer or spectrometer
  • Cross-nadir infrared sounder, possibly including VIS channels
WIGOS Subcomponents
  • Subcomponent 2
  • NIR/SWIR imaging spectroscopy
  • NIR/SWIR imaging spectrometer
Mission objectives
Primary mission objectives
  • CO
Evaluation of Measurements

The following list indicates which measurements can typically be retrieved from this category of instrument. To see a full Gap Analysis by Variable, click on the respective variable.

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Note: * Primary mission objective.
VariableRelevance for measuring this variableOperational limitationsExplanation
CH4 mole fraction1 - primaryCloud sensitive.. Along-track only.SWIR and MWIR very-high-resolution spectrometry. CH4 lines around 2.3, 3.4 and 4.3 micrometers
CO*1 - primaryCloud sensitive.. Along-track only.Very-high resolution spectrometry. CO lines around 2.3 and 4.6 micrometers. Specifically designed for CO
CO2 mole fraction1 - primaryCloud sensitive.. Along-track only.Very-high resolution SWIR and MWIR spectrometry. CO2 lines around 1.6, 2.1 and 4.3 micrometers