Companies that build or operate Earth observation satellites foresee busier days ahead as governments, and businesses, step up climate change initiatives.
The University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) announced a contract Nov. 16 to build three greenhouse gas monitoring satellites for GHGSat, the Canadian company focused on methane monitoring.
GHGSat, the Canadian firm preparing to launch a constellation of methane-monitoring satellites, announced Oct. 8 that the sensor on its Iris satellite launched in early September detects methane emissions five times as well as its predecessor.
During the 33-month project scheduled to begin in early 2020, GHGSat will compare emissions data from satellite and aircraft sensors with data collected by terrestrial sensors.
As a growing number of organizations propose satellites to monitor greenhouse gases, national space agencies who already operate such spacecraft welcome those new entrants — as long as they’re willing to share their results.