MethaneSAT Signs Launch Contract with SpaceX

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SAN FRANCISCO, January 13, 2021 (MethaneSAT PR) — The nonprofit MethaneSAT LLC announced today that it has signed a contract with SpaceX to deliver its new satellite into orbit aboard a Falcon 9 rocket. Now under construction after completing an intensive design process, the MethaneSAT instrument is on schedule for a launch window that opens October 1, 2022.

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MethaneSAT Completes Critical Design Review, Moves into Production Phase

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Sensors and spacecraft exceed mission performance goals; flow of precision measurements will open up new opportunities to track and reduce potent greenhouse emissions

SAN FRANCISCO (EDF PR) –MethaneSAT has reached an important new milestone with completion of the Critical Design Review (CDR) phase for both the mission’s remote sensing instrument and the spacecraft platform “bus” that will provide power and maneuvering, and transmit the vast stream of data from the high resolution sensors to ground stations. Completion of the CDR means that MethaneSAT is now entering the production stage with a design that exceeds anticipated capabilities.

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Blue Canyon Technologies to Provide Satellite Bus for MethaneSAT

BOULDER, Colo. (Blue Canyon PR) — Small satellite manufacturer and mission services provider Blue Canyon Technologies (BCT) has been selected by MethaneSAT LLC (“MethaneSAT”), to develop and build the spacecraft bus for the groundbreaking mission.

MethaneSAT is a subsidiary of the non-profit Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). The donor-funded mission, which is scheduled to launch in 2022, will provide global, high-resolution detection and quantification of methane emissions from oil and gas facilities, as well as measure emissions from other human-generated methane sources.

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EDF Announces Satellite Mission to Locate and Measure Methane Emissions

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NEW YORK (EDF PR) — Environmental Defense Fund President Fred Krupp today announced plans to develop and launch a new satellite purpose-built to identify and measure methane emissions from human-made sources worldwide, starting with the oil and gas industry. Data from MethaneSAT is intended to give both countries and companies robust data to spot problem areas, identify savings opportunities, and measure their progress over time.

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