A University of Colorado-built instrument designed to provide unprecedented imaging of the Earth's upper atmosphere has been successfully installed on a commercial satellite that will take it to geostationary orbit later this year.

The Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk mission, which is led by the University of Central Florida, was built and is to be operated by CU's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics.

According to a news release, the mission marks a collaboration with satellite owner-operator SES Government Solutions to place an ultraviolet instrument as a hosted payload on a commercial satellite. NASA is paying LASP roughly $36 million for designing, building and operating the GOLD instrument for the mission.

The GOLD mission will make a number of space weather measurements during two years of in-orbit operations. The SES-14 satellite, positioned about 22,000 miles above Earth, has a life expectancy of 15 years, making an extension of the mission possible.