OHB System to define the "CarbonSat" environmental satellite mission for ESA
An industrial syndicate lead-managed by OHB System AG has commenced work on the definition phase of the “CarbonSat” environmental satellite for the European Space Agency (ESA).
Over the next 20 months, the Bremen-based company will be conducting studies on the mission as a whole as well as the satellite in its capacity as the prime contractor of a "CarbonSat" system definition study.
The results of the definition phase may be used to implement the “CarbonSat” environmental satellite if this is selected by ESA as the eighth Earth Explorer mission under its Earth Observation Envelope Programme (EOEP), "CarbonSat" would then collect reliable data on the emission of two greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide and methane, and their concentration in the Earth’s atmosphere around the world for evaluation. The contract value for this study amounts to EUR 2,5 million.
The definition study “CarbonSat” is one of two parallel studies within the ESA “Living Planet” Programme for Earth observation. OHB System’s partners on this project are Thales Alenia Space (France) for the definition of the measurement instrument, GMV (Spain) for the definition of the ground segment and the mission operations, and OHB’s affiliate CGS (Italy) for the definition of the satellite platform subsystems.
The measurement technique employed in “CarbonSat” is based on the "Scanning Imaging Absorption Spectrometer for Atmospheric Chartography" (SCIAMACHY) measurement instrument, which has been successfully measuring greenhouse gas concentrations on board ESA’s Environmental Satellite “ENVISAT” for ten years until its failure a few weeks ago. OHB System played a crucial part in the development and integration of SCIAMACHY.