GHGSat’s first satellite was successfully launched at 23:56 EDT on 21 June 2016, and reached its planned orbit less than 30 minutes later. The GHGSat team will be conducting post-launch commissioning procedures through July 2016, and expects to release initial images from Claire before the end of the summer.
GHGSat offers methane detection, measurement and monitoring services, using its innovative satellite technology. GHGSat’s first satellite will be launched in spring 2016, and the Global Methane Forum will provide one of GHGSat’s first opportunities to raise awareness of its unique services among many of the world’s leading methane experts and policy-makers.
Come join GHGSat at the Global Methane Forum, 28-30 March 2016 in Washington D.C. (visit http://bit.ly/1RWOMIL for more information).
GHGSat has been selected as one of the “Top 10” in the Production category for the international GreenTec Awards.
GHGSat will be launching its first greenhouse gas monitoring satellite (named “CLAIRE”) in April 2016. The satellite will measure carbon dioxide and methane emissions from individual industrial facilities, anywhere in the world.
GreenTec Awards have been hosted in Germany since 2008. Germany is the world’s #1 exporter of clean technology, and these awards are an example of the country’s commitment to environmental issues. The GreenTec Awards Jury is supported by leading European experts (including the heads of the European Space Agency and the German space agency – DLR), as well as popular artists and public figures.
See GHGSat under the “Production” category at the following link: http://www.greentec-awards.com/en/competition/online-voting-2016.html
The selection of winners involves PUBLIC VOTING. GHGSat is asking for everyone’s help starting on December 8th to vote for CLAIRE! Check here again in a few days for voting details, or follow @ghgsat on Twitter!
Montreal, November 25, 2015 – Today, GHGSat announced it has successfully completed testing of its demonstration satellite, which will soon provide a new way to measure greenhouse gas emissions from industrial facilities anywhere in the world, enabling emissions reductions in a wide range of industries. The satellite is ready for its scheduled launch in April of 2016 from India’s Satish Dhawan Space Centre.
Industrial site operators worldwide must increasingly consider the cost of their greenhouse gas emissions. In order to manage and ultimately reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, industrial site operators need the best possible measurements, at the lowest possible cost. GHGSat will serve this need using innovative satellite-based remote sensing technology, designed to monitor emissions from individual industrial facilities in industries such as oil & gas, power generation, mining and waste management.
“All systems go! This milestone is the culmination of two years of intense effort by a team of Canadian engineers and scientists,” said Stéphane Germain, President of GHGSat. “GHGSat is bringing technological innovation in the aerospace industry to the fight against climate change.”
The final round of satellite testing included thermal vacuum tests to simulate the temperature cycling and vacuum environment typical of low Earth orbit, as well as vibration tests to simulate the loads that the satellite will experience during launch. System performance was validated using NASA satellite data, laboratory tests and end-to-end simulations. Satellite testing was performed at the component, subsystem and system levels.
Satellite development has been performed by a team of partners including Xiphos Technologies, the Space Flight Laboratory at the University of Toronto’s Institute for Aerospace Studies, and MPB Communications. The Boeing Company also provided GHGSat with expertise in systems engineering and space vehicle design and integration as part of the company’s commitment to small business innovation in Canada.
Imperial Oil is leading a joint industry project with Canadian Natural, Shell and Suncor Energy to work with GHGSat to investigate the use of satellite technology to provide more accurate and frequent measurements of fugitive greenhouse gas emissions from tailings ponds and mine faces in the oil sands.
Canada’s Oils Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) features the project on their web site at http://www.cosia.ca/initiatives/greenhouse_gases/cosia-in-space.
Vincent Latendresse, optical engineer at MPB Communications, recently snapped a selfie next to the payload primary instrument aperture for GHGSat’s demonstration satellite, GHGSat-D.
The image above is taken looking into the primary instrument baffle, where the coating on the lens makes it look like a mirror at visible wavelengths. The secondary instrument aperture is partially visible in the top-left of the image.
Pre-flight testing is ongoing and will continue into the summer for all payload, satellite, and ground segment systems for GHGSat-D.
GHGSat’s demonstration satellite, GHGSat-D, has been successfully integrated for preliminary testing in anticipation of launch later this year. The satellite is shown on a clean room bench at the UTIAS Space Flight Laboratory.
In the picture above, the payload primary instrument baffle is clearly visible, protruding from the right side satellite. The payload secondary instrument aperture is not clearly visible, but is on the same face of the satellite as the primary instrument baffle. The aperture on the top of the satellite in this image is the star tracker. Overall satellite dimensions are approximately 45 cm x 30 cm x 20 cm, and satellite mass is under 15 kg.
The new year promises to be exciting for GHGSat! GHGSat can now publicly confirm that a launch services agreement has been signed with Antrix Corporation, the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organization, to launch GHGSat’s demonstration satellite as a secondary payload on a PSLV from Sriharikota, India in Q3 2015. The launch was arranged through Space Flight Laboratory’s launch service (http://utias-sfl.net/?page_id=233).
Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (“COSIA”) today highlighted a planned project with GHGSat to investigate the use of satellites to provide accurate measurement of fugitive greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from tailing ponds and mine faces.
“We’re literally going ‘out of this world’ to solve oil sands GHG problems”, said Wayne Hillier, Director GHG for COSIA. The comments were made at COSIA’s 2014 Performance Update in Calgary, Alberta.
A series of satellite measurements will be made in the atmosphere above three pre-selected tailings ponds or mines and one other emission source. Emission rates will be calculated based on those measurements and will be compared with more conventional technology measurements, including the flux chamber methodology which is currently required for annual reporting to the Alberta government.
If successful, the GHGSat approach could replace the existing method, which has a high degree of uncertainty (20 to 50 percent), high costs and high risk since contractors must conduct measurements directly on the ponds or close to the mine faces.
For more information on COSIA, please visit www.cosia.ca.