GHGSat’s greenhouse gas detecting satellite reaches orbit to establish new constellation

Information from GHGSat

GHGSat’s latest satellite, GHGSat-C1 or “Iris”, was launched into an orbit of 515 km and is in the process of being commissioned. Iris is the first of a new constellation of satellites that detect emissions at a very high resolution, allowing the company to image and identify methane emissions from point sources as small as individual oil and gas wells.

Methane has c.84 times greater global warming potential than carbon dioxide over 20 years. The main constituent of natural gas, it accounts for a quarter of all man-made global warming. However, methane is also a valuable resource that can be harnessed to provide energy.

GHGSat’s data and proprietary analytics enable regulators and operators in sectors such as oil and gas, waste management, mining, energy and agriculture to accurately and cost-effectively track emissions, and take prompt action to fix faulty infrastructure.

This capability will be further enhanced when the company’s next satellite, “Hugo” launches later this year. By the end of 2022, GHGSat plans to have ten high-resolution spacecraft in orbit.