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    GOSAT (IBUKI) can be found in the following categories:
    Space & Earth Science

    NORAD ID: 33492
    Int'l Code: 2009-002A
    Perigee: 668.0 km
    Apogee: 669.8 km
    Inclination: 98.1 °
    Period: 98.1 minutes
    Semi major axis: 7047 km
    Launch date: January 23, 2009
    Source: Japan (JPN)
    Comments: The Ibuki (GOSAT) satellite is equipped with a greenhouse gas observation sensor (TANSO-FTS) and a cloud/aerosol sensor (TANSO-CAI) that supplements TANSO-FTS. The greenhouse gas observation sensor of Ibuki observes a wide range of wave lengths (near infrared region - thermal infrared region) within the infrared band to enhance observation accuracy. The number of observation channels is as large as approx 18,500. A cloud/aerosol sensor observes clouds and aerosol that can be a factor leading to errors in the measurement of greenhouse gas in order to improve greenhouse gas observation accuracy. The satellite will observe infrared rays radiated from the sun and reflected from the ground surface and the spectrum of infrared rays radiated from ground surface or the atmosphere itself. As they pass through a gas infrared rays are absorbed only by specific colours, which means components with a specific wave length are revealed. Ibuki calculates the concentration of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere utilizing this principle.

    Two Line Element Set (TLE):

    1 33492U 09002A   15090.11058326  .00000051  00000-0  17516-4 0  9993
    2 33492 098.0655 200.1612 0001331 074.7821 285.3401 14.67552158331166
    Source: AFSPC

    NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog entry for GOSAT (IBUKI)

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