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TanSat (CarbonSat)

TanSat (CarbonSat) [TanSat Team]

TanSat or CarbonSat is the first Chinese minisatellite dedicated to detection and monitoring of carbon dioxide (CO2).

The TanSat project was proposed in the Chinese national program in 2010 development started in January 2011. TanSat is funded by MOST (Ministry of Science and Technology) of China.

The carries two instruments developed at CIOMP/CAS (Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics/Chinese Academy of Sciences), in Changchun, China.

  • CarbonSpec, a high-resolution Carbon Dioxide Spectrometer for measuring the near-infrared absorption by CO2
  • CAPI (Cloud and Aerosol Polarimetry Imager) to compensate the CO2 measurement errors by high-resolution measurement of cloud and aerosol

The spacecraft bus is designed and developed at SIMIT (Shanghai Institute of Microsystems and Information Technology).

TanSat was launched in December 2016 on a CZ-2D (2) rocket. It was placed into a sun-synchronous orbit an an altitude of ~700 km with an inclination of 98.2. The revisit period is 16 days.

Nation: China
Type / Application: Earth Science
Operator: Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
Contractors: CAS (prime), SIMIT (spacecraft)
Equipment: CarbonSpec, CAPI
Propulsion: ?
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 3 years
Mass: ~ 500 kg
Orbit: 700 km × 700 km, 98.2
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
TanSat (CarbonSat) 2016-081A 21.12.2016 Jq SLS-2 CZ-2D (2) with Spark 01, Spark 02, ?