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Three spacecraft will be launched by GHGSat on Falcon 9

GHGSat, a Canadian firm developing a satellite network to track greenhouse gas emissions, stated on December 8 that its next three satellites will be launched on the Falcon 9 rocket in mid-2022. The 3 nanosatellites, GHGSat-C3, -C5 and -C4, will be launched on SpaceX’s Transporter-5 rideshare mission in the summer of 2022, according to the company. The contract’s terms were not disclosed by the corporation.

The University of Toronto’s Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) is building the 3 satellites, each measuring 15 kilos, with gas sensor payloads provided by ABB. The GHGSat-C3 payload has been connected with the spaceship, and payloads for both GHGSat-C4 and -C5 are going to be integrated later in the month of December, as per GHGSat.

The 3 new satellites, which were manufactured under a contract given in November 2020, are comparable to GHGSat-C1 and -C2 satellites, which were also built by SFL and deployed in September 2020 as well as January 2021, respectively. The data processing, as well as communications subsystems of the new satellites, have been improved.

GHGSat is building a constellation of the satellites to track greenhouse gas emissions from gas and oil facilities and other industries, particularly methane. In July, the business raised $45 million in a Series B investment to support the creation of those satellites, and in November, the Canadian government agreed to fund the satellite system with $15.8 million ($20 million Canadian).

At the COP26 climate conference held in Scotland in November, the business and the Canadian government stated that data from those satellites would be contributed to the International Methane Emissions Observatory, which is a project that collects and verifies emissions data. The information will be utilized to identify and mitigate methane emission sources.

“Satellite data is essential for stakeholders throughout the world to take quick action in order to ensure a sustainable future. With our developing constellation, GHGSat is servicing this requirement,” stated Stephane Germain, GHGSat’s chief executive.

In addition to the 3 satellites planned to debut in mid-2022, the business has begun preparing for the launch of seven more spacecraft. Six of the spacecrafts, GHGSat-C6 through -C11, is going to be used to track emissions, while the GHGSat-C12 is going to carry a carbon dioxide monitoring payload. The payloads for those 7 satellites have been ordered by GHGSat from ABB. Those satellites are expected to launch around the end of 2023, according to a business representative.

GHGSat is the world leader in high-resolution remote-sensing of greenhouse gases from space – a procedure it pioneered – and offers unique emissions data as well as intelligence to regulators, businesses, governments, and investors around the world to help them improve their performance and comply with environmental regulations.