Timeline

January 1998: Proposal to the Canadian Space Agency (CSA)

November 1998: ACE selected for SCISAT-1

Late 2002: Construction and testing of instruments nearly complete

February/March 2003: Science characterization testing at the University of Toronto

August 2003: Launch, early orbit phase begins

December 2003: First atmospheric spectra recorded

January 2004: Main science commissioning

February 2004: Routine operations begin

February/March 2004: 2004 Canadian Arctic ACE Validation Campaign

September 2004: FTS Version 1.0 Started Processing (for selected occultations)

February/March 2005: 2005 Canadian Arctic ACE Validation Campaign

May 2005: FTS Version 2.2 Started Processing (over entire data set)

June 2005: 10,000th orbit (June 6th); Geophysical Research Letters Special Issue Published

February/March 2006: 2006 Canadian Arctic ACE Validation Campaign

June 2006: MAESTRO Version 1.2 Started Processing

October 2006: Canada's SCISAT satellite explains 2006 ozone-layer depletion

February/March 2007: 2007 Canadian Arctic ACE Validation Campaign

March 2007: International Polar Year Begins

September 2007: Scientists in First Global Study of Poison Gas in the Atmosphere

February/March 2008: 2008 Canadian Arctic ACE Validation Campaign

July 2008: Global distributions of carbonyl sulfide in the stratosphere

August 2008: Keeping an Eye on the Ozone Layer

February/March 2009: 2009 Canadian Arctic ACE Validation Campaign

March 2009: International Polar Year Ends

May 2009: SCISAT Team Wins The Alouette Award

June 2009: FTS Version 3.0 Started Processing (over entire data set)

October 2009: Unusual meteorological conditions in early 2009 led to more ozone-destroying gases in the middle atmosphere

February/March 2010: 2010 Canadian Arctic ACE Validation Campaign

March 2010: Monsoon helps to raise pollution to new heights

February/March 2011: 2011 Canadian Arctic ACE Validation Campaign

August 2011: Team Measuring polluting Emissions from Forest Fires in Canada

February/March 2012: 2012 Canadian Arctic ACE Validation Campaign

November 2012: 50,000th orbit (November 24th)

February/March 2013: 2013 Canadian Arctic ACE Validation Campaign