China launched satellite to monitor global carbon emissions

On Thursday, China launched a global Carbon Dioxide monitoring satellite to understand climate change. The satellite, TanSat, weighs 620 kgs and was put into orbit by Long March-2D rocket from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwest China’s Gobi Desert. The satellite was put into a sun synchronous orbit about 700 kms above the Earth (ISS flies at a distance of 400 km from Earth). Besides the TanSat system, the satellite also has a high-resolution micro-nano satellite and two spectrum micro-nano satellites for agricultural and forestry monitoring.

Surprisingly, this was the 243rd mission of the Long March series rockets.

After Japan and the United States, China is the third country to monitor greenhouse gases through its own satellite. Such satellites help understand the climate change and provide the countries with their independent data. The TanSat is set to examine global carbon dioxide levels every 16 days, and accurate to 4 ppm (parts per million).

China’s CO2 emissions are to peak around 2030, with emissions per unit of GDP cut by 60 percent of 2005 levels. Read the full article here.

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