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    OCO 2 can be found in the following categories:
    Space & Earth Science

    NORAD ID: 40059
    Int'l Code: 2014-035A
    Perigee: 708.8 km
    Apogee: 710.2 km
    Inclination: 98.2 °
    Period: 98.8 minutes
    Semi major axis: 7080 km
    Launch date: July 2, 2014
    Source: United States (US)
    Comments: OCO-2 (Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2) is an American environmental science satellite, a replacement for the Orbiting Carbon Observatory which was lost in a launch failure in 2009. The OCO-2 satellite was built by Orbital Sciences Corporation, based around the LEOStar-2 bus. The spacecraft will be used to study carbon dioxide concentrations and distributions in the atmosphere. OCO-2 was ordered after the original OCO spacecraft failed to achieve orbit. During the first satellite's launch atop a Taurus-XL in February 2009, the payload fairing failed to separate from around the spacecraft and the rocket did not have sufficient power to enter orbit with its additional mass. Although a Taurus launch was initially contracted for the reflight, the launch contract was cancelled after the same malfunction occurred on the launch of the Glory satellite two years later. OCO-2 joined the A-train satellite constellation, becoming the sixth satellite in the group. Members of the A-train fly very close together in sun-synchronous orbit, to make nearly simultaneous measurements of Earth. A particularly short launch window of 30 seconds was necessary to achieve a proper position in the train.

    Two Line Element Set (TLE):

    1 40059U 14035A   14297.90177619  .00000981  00000-0  22744-3 0  1200
    2 40059 098.2089 237.2095 0001028 050.5423 309.5864 14.57159005 16687
    
    
    Source: AFSPC

    NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog entry for OCO 2

     
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