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Thales Alenia Space signs contract with the UK Space Agency to work on climate change mission

09 November 2017

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A UK company has been selected to undertake the Assembly Integration and Test (AIT) for a satellite which will help tackle climate change, Science Minister Jo Johnson announced today.

Thales Alenia Space has signed a contract with the UK Space Agency to work on MicroCarb, a joint UK-French satellite mission which will measure sources and sinks of carbon, the principal greenhouse gas driving global warming. It is the first European mission intended to characterise greenhouse gas fluxes on Earth's surface and gauge how much carbon is being absorbed by oceans and forests, the main sinks on the planet.

Source: Gov.UK and UK Space Agency

Image credit: CNES - Artist's impression of the MicroCarb satellite.

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