BackForward Satellite: ASCENDS 

Satellite details
Full name Active Sensing of CO2 Emissions over Nights, Days, and Seasons
Satellite Description
  • Single flight unit of the ASCENDS programme.
  • Main mission: understanding the role of CO2 in the global carbon cycle.
Mass at launch Dry mass
Data access link no link provided
Data access information
  • TBD
Orbit Sunsynchronous orbit Altitude 450 km
ECT 10:30 asc


Space agency NASA
Status Mission concept
Details on Status
(as available)
Launch EOL
Last update: 2017-07-20
Associated satellite programme and related satellites

Note: red tag: no longer operational , green tag: operational , blue tag : future

Satellite Payload

All known Instruments flying on ASCENDS

Acronym Full name
CO sensor Carbon oxide sensor
CO2 lidar Carbon dioxide lidar
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