"IBUKI" (GOSAT) Satellite's Historically Unprecedented Observation of Anthropogenic CO2 Emissions of Mega-City Regions from Space
The Greenhouse gases Observing SATellite "IBUKI", developed jointly by the Ministry of the Environment (MOE), the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is the world's only satellite designed specifically to monitor greenhouse gases from space. The satellite has continued to fulfill its main mission in monitoring atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane concentrations from space to improve the accuracy of sink/source estimates,...
About Greenhouse gases Observing SATellite "IBUKI" (GOSAT)
"IBUKI": Global efforts to protect the environment.
Global warming has become a very serious issue for human beings. Scientists have suggested that, at the rate the Earth’s temperature is rising, an extreme form of global climate change could occur in a few centuries.
Launch date: January 23, 2009
Characteristics of Greenhouse gases Observing SATellite "IBUKI" (GOSAT)
Monitoring the distribution of the density of carbon dioxide, a Greenhouse gas.
So far, the number of ground-based carbon dioxide observation points has been limited, and they have been distributed unequally throughout the world. "IBUKI" will enable the precise monitoring of the density of carbon dioxide by combining global observation data sent from space with data obtained on land, and with simulation models.
|International Designation Code||2009-002A|
|Launch Date||12:54, January 23, 2009 (JST)|
|Launch Vehicle||H-IIA Launch Vehicle No.15|
|Location||Tanegashima Space Center|
|Shape||2 box shape with wing-type solar array paddles
3.7 m x 1.8 m X 2.0 m (Depth)
(Length between the tips of the paddles: 13.7 m)
|Inclination||Approx. 98 degrees|
|Period||Approx. 98 minutes|
- Aug. 6, 2008
- To Preserve Our Earth