NEXT SPACEFLIGHT

Status

MicroCarb

Launch Time
NET January, 2025

Rocket

Vega-C
Arianespace
Status: Active
Liftoff Thrust: 4,500 kN
Payload to LEO: 2,300 kg
Stages: 4
Strap-ons: 0
Rocket Height: 35.0 m
Fairing Diameter: 3.3 m
Fairing Height: 9.0 m

Mission Details

MicroCarb

MicroCarb is a small satellite designed to map sources and sinks of carbon dioxide (CO2)—the most important greenhouse gas — on a global scale. MicroCarb's dispersive spectrometer instrument will be able to measure atmospheric concentration of CO2 globally with a high degree of precision (on the order of 1 ppm) and with a pixel size of 4.5 km x 9 km.

The instrument will be flown on a microsatellite built around CNES’s Myriade spacecraft bus. This mission involves the French scientific community studying climatology and the carbon cycle. The mission will be funded by the Investments for the Future Programmes.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 190.0 kg
Sun-Synchronous Orbit

Location

ELV, Guiana Space Centre, French Guiana, France