GHGSat Confirms Launch of Its Next Three Satellites With SpaceX

MONTREAL, December 8, 2021 (GHGSat PR) — GHGSat, the world leader in high-resolution remote sensing of greenhouse gas emissions, is building on its momentum to deploy a constellation of satellites in collaboration with the global technology leader ABB. GHGSat’s next three satellites, GHGSat-C3, C4 and C5, will be launched into orbit in summer 2022 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket as part of the Transporter-5 mission. GHGSat also announced that it has exercised a contract option with ABB to provide six more payloads for monitoring methane emissions as well as a payload to detect CO2 emissions.

“We were delighted to be an active participant at the recent COP26 conference. Not only did we announce $20 million in funding from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), but we also announced that GHGSat would provide the first commercial high-resolution satellite emissions data to the International Methane Emission Observatory (IMEO) to support environmental policy actions. Satellite data is critical for stakeholders globally to take immediate action for a sustainable future. GHGSat is serving this need with our growing constellation,” explained Stephane Germain, GHGSat CEO.

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ESA and GHGSat Support New International Methane Emissions Observatory

MethaneSAT (Credit: EDF)

GLASGOW, Scotland (ESA PR) — In the first 20 years of reaching the atmosphere, methane has more than 80 times the warming power of carbon dioxide. Reducing emissions of this extremely potent gas is, therefore, one of the fastest ways of slowing the rate of global warming, at least in the short term – and at COP26, more than 100 countries have just signed up to the Global Methane Pledge, which aims to limit emissions by 30% compared with 2020 levels.

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GHGSat Completes Series B Funding and Accelerates Commercialization

  • Series B funding closed at US$45M with the support of the Government of Québec through Investissement Québec, OGCI Climate Investments and Space Capital
  • The investment will enable the company to triple the number of sensors deployed by 2023 as well as to expand its international commercial presence, particularly in Europe and the US

MONTREAL (GHGSat PR) – GHGSat, the global leader in high resolution greenhouse gas monitoring from space, has completed the second tranche of a funding round initiated in 2020, thereby closing its total Series B funding at US$45 million. The company has raised more than US$70 million since its inception in 2011.

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GHGSat Announces Research Project to Demonstrate Satellite-Based Measurement of Methane Emissions from Offshore Sources

  • High-resolution greenhouse gas monitoring satellite pioneer GHGSat to map methane emissions at sea.
  • Industrial participants include Chevron, Shell, and TotalEnergies.
  • 18 offshore sites in locations such as the North Sea and the Gulf of Mexico to be observed over 12 months.

MONTREAL, July 7, 2021 (GHGSat PR) – GHGSat today announced a new research project to assess the feasibility of its unique high-resolution, space-based methane monitoring technology to measure emissions from offshore oil and gas platforms. Chevron, Shell, and TotalEnergies are supporting the 12-month research project, which is expected to achieve a world-first in demonstrating high-resolution satellite-based monitoring of anthropogenic methane (CH4) emissions at sea.

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GHGSat ‘’Hugo’’ Spacecraft Launched on SpaceX Transporter-1 Mission

SpaceX Transporter-1 mission payload. (Credit: SpaceX)
  • GHGSat-C2 (“Hugo”) successfully separated from SpaceX rocket
  • Follows launch of GHGSat’s second satellite, “Iris” on September 2nd, 2020
  • Hugo is the result of GHGSat’s first collaboration with international leader in technology, ABB Measurement & Analytics Canada

MONTREAL, January 24, 2021 (GHGSat PR) – GHGSat, the global leader in high-resolution greenhouse gas monitoring from space, has successfully completed the launch of its third satellite, GHGSat-C2 (“Hugo”), which launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 10:00 ET / 15:00 UTC on January 24th, 2021.

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Nanoracks Completes First SpaceX Rideshare Mission

CAPE CANAVERAL SPACE FORCE STATION, January 24, 2021 (Nanoracks PR) – Nanoracks is pleased to share the successful completion of the Company’s first mission on a SpaceX rideshare launch. Nanoracks brokered the launch and deployment of eight Spire LEMUR-2 CubeSats and of an emissions monitoring microsatellite, GHGSAT-C2 (“Hugo”).

Nanoracks’ first rideshare mission, dubbed “Eyries-1,” marks the Company’s entrance into the rideshare brokering market and the broadening of services for Nanoracks’ global customer base. This launch allowed Nanoracks to continue longstanding customer relationships and to foster new partnerships.

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SpaceX Launches Record 143 Satellites

Falcon 9 launches Transporter-1 rideshare mission. (Credit: SpaceX webcast)

by Douglas Messier
Managing Editor

SpaceX set a new world record on Sunday by launching 143 satellites into Earth orbit aboard a Falcon 9 rocket.

The Sunday morning polar orbit launch included 133 commercial and government spacecraft along with 10 satellites for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband communications constellation. The launch was conducted from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

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ABB and Nüvü to Deliver Exo-planet Cameras for NASA’s Roman Space Telescope

High-resolution illustration of the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope against a starry background. (Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center)

\MONTREAL (ABB PR) — A two-year contract awarded to ABB from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory will see key ABB/Nüvü Camēras technology fly onboard the space telescope in 2025, on course to capture the first spaceborne images of planets outside our solar system.

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Space Flight Laboratory Awarded Contract by GHGSat to Build Three More Greenhouse Gas Monitoring Microsats

TORONTO (SFL PR) – Space Flight Laboratory (SFL), a developer of 52 distinct microspace missions, has been awarded a contract by GHGSat of Montreal to build the next three microsatellites in its commercial greenhouse gas monitoring constellation.

“SFL congratulates GHGSat on its success in providing commercial greenhouse gas monitoring services from space,” said SFL Director, Dr. Robert E. Zee. “This contract highlights GHGSat’s need to expand data collection capacity to meet the growing demand for its valuable services.”

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GHGSat-C1 Detects Smallest Methane Emission Ever Found by Satellite

Methane emission detected n Alberta. (Credit: GHGSat)

MONTREAL (GHGSat PR) — GHGSat, the global leader in high resolution greenhouse gas monitoring from space, today announced the first results from its latest satellite GHGSat-C1 (“Iris”), which already indicates performance 5 times better than its predecessor.

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GHGSAT Signs with ABB to Deliver Payloads for Growing Constellation

MONTREAL (GHGSat PR) — GHGSat has signed an agreement with the leading global technology company, ABB to deliver the payloads for GHGSat’s next 3 methane detecting satellites – a significant milestone in the firm’s plan to have a constellation of 10 spacecraft in orbit by the end of 2022.

GHGSat is unique in operating satellites able to detect greenhouse gases (GHG) in high-resolution, a technology the company has demonstrated in space since 2016. While government GHG sensors in orbit provide regional scale measurements and global trends, GHGSat’s satellites are specifically designed to detect and quantify methane emissions from individual facilities. GHGSat’s sensor technology enables unprecedented leak monitoring capability as detection of sources 100 times smaller is possible with a resolution that is 100 times higher.

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GHGSat Secures US $30 Million in Series B Funding

MONTREAL, 10 September 2020 (GHGSat PR) — GHGSat, the global leader in high resolution greenhouse gas monitoring from space, today announced it has successfully completed the first tranche of Series B funding, raising US $30 million and more than doubling the total amount raised since GHGSat was founded to over US$55m. This latest funding has secured the growth trajectory of the company, enabling it to accelerate construction of its unique fleet of emissions detecting satellites and deployment of analytics to key markets.

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What’s On Board Vega Booster

The European Vega rocket that launched this evening was carrying 53 satellites on its first rideshare mission as part of the Small Spacecraft Mission Service Proof of Concept Flight.

The payloads included 14 Flock 4V Earth imaging satellites from Planet, 12 SpaceBEE Internet of Things spacecraft from Swarm Technologies, and 8 maritime monitoring satellites from Spire.

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CSA Awards Additional Space Technology Development Contracts

by Douglas Messier
Managing Editor

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has awarded an additional 10 contracts worth nearly CAD $4.49 million (US $3.3 million) to eight companies under its Space Technology Development Program (STDP).

The awards were in addition to 14 STDP contracts worth just over CAD $9 million (US $6.6 million) the space agency awarded to eight companies last month.

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Quebec Grants $14 Million to GHGSat to Support its Growth

Montréal, June 18, 2020 (Qeubec Government PR) — The Québec government, through Investissement Québec, is injecting $14 million [US $10.29 million] into the GHGSat company, which specializes in detecting gas emissions by satellite or by airborne sensors greenhouse gases and other gases from natural sources or produced by human activity.

The Minister of Economy and Innovation and Minister responsible for the Lanaudière region, Mr. Pierre Fitzgibbon, made the announcement today.

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