DDC’s SBC successfully deployed on JAXA’s GOSAT-2 mission
Data Device Corporation announces another successful flight of its SCS750 Single Board Computer on the Second Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite (GOSAT-2). Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and JAXA successfully launched H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 40 (H-IIA F40,) which encapsulates the GOSAT-2 satellite, on October 29, 2018 from the JAXA Tanegashima Space Center. The launch and flight of H-IIA F40 proceeded as planned. As of late October, the satellite had completed the Critical Operations phase, and moved into its Operational Phase and has been operating successfully since then.
DDC provided a subcontractor to JAXA, Harris Corporation of Fort Wayne IN, with two flight SBCs for one of the key environmental sensor instruments on the satellite. Harris-built the TANSO-FTS-2 (Thermal and Near Infrared Sensor for Carbon Observation-Fourier Transform Spectrometer-2) that will measure greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. The instrument will collect high-spectral resolution data of the Earth in five bands, which enables measurement during daylight and darkness. The instrument’s unique intelligent pointing system identifies, in real time, cloud-free areas of the atmosphere, greatly increasing the amount of useable data.