Hamilton Sundstrand Spectrometers to Measure Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide on NASA Orbiting Carbon Observatory Mission
The spectrometers, designed by Hamilton Sundstrand’s Energy, Space & Defense facility in
“Hamilton Sundstrand is proud to play a crucial role in the Orbiting Carbon Observatory mission,” said
Hamilton Sundstrand’s spectrometers will be housed inside the OCO, NASA’s first spacecraft dedicated to making space-based atmospheric CO2 observations. The OCO is scheduled to launch at
Scientists will use data captured by the Hamilton Sundstrand spectrometers to estimate atmospheric CO2 concentrations all over the globe. By monitoring how concentrations change with time, experts can identify the sources of CO2 in the atmosphere and the “sinks” that absorb it to understand CO2 dynamics, forecast future atmospheric concentrations, and determine how they may affect Earth’s climate. CO2 is a principal driver of human-produced climate change.
Hamilton Sundstrand, a partner in America’s space program since its inception, provides a number of power and environmental control systems for the International Space Station, space shuttle and the Orion crew exploration vehicle now under development. Hamilton Sundstrand has been the prime contractor to NASA for the space suit since the shuttle era began in 1981.
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