BackForward Satellite: MERLIN 

Satellite details
Acronym MERLIN
Full name Methane Remote Sensing Mission
Satellite Description
  • Single satellite of the MERLIN programme.
  • Main mission: total column of methane.
  • Further contribution: aerosol detection
Mass at launch 250 kg Dry mass
Power 280 W
Data access link no link provided
Data access information
  • Data available from the CNRS Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique and the DLR Institute for Atmospheric Physics,
Orbit Sunsynchronous orbit Altitude 506 km
ECT 06:00 asc


Space agency CNESDLR
Status Planned
Details on Status
(as available)
Launch ≥2026 EOL ≥2029
Last update: 2021-06-03
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 MERLIN

Acronym Full name
IPDA lidar Integrated Path Differential-Absorption Lidar
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