GHGSat has started work on two new satellites, called GHGSat-C1 and GHGSat-C2. The satellites will share the same design but will stagger manufacturing for planned launches in H2 2018 and H1 2019. These satellites are indicative of the strong market response to GHGSat products and services in just 8 months after launch of GHGSat’s demonstration satellite, Claire.
GHGSat’s new satellites will provide significant performance improvements with only incremental design changes from GHGSat’s demonstration satellite, benefiting directly from lessons learned from on-orbit experience. Both new satellites with feature a spatial resolution of < 25 m, measurement precision targeting 1% of background for methane, and improvements in detection thresholds for both methane and carbon dioxide. The additional capacity and improved performance provided by these new satellites will enable GHGSat to expand services and reinforce GHGSat’s position as the only proven source of facility-level GHG emission data available from satellites for years to come.
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On 09 December 2016, Claire performed her 500th measurement – this time of a cement plant in South Africa. All satellite systems continue to operate normally, and GHGSat plans to double Claire’s measurement rate as of early 2017.
As we reach the end of 2016, GHGSat celebrates an exciting year by offering some samples of images collected by Claire in orbit and analyzed by the team on the ground.
The first set of images below is from summer 2016, during Claire’s commissioning.
- “Raw” images from Claire are two-dimensional surface images overlaid with circular absorption lines corresponding to carbon dioxide and methane in the atmosphere in the field of view of the image. One of the first such images was taken over the Arabian desert (left panel), and clearly confirmed that Claire’s primary instrument had survived launch and was performing as expected.
- GHGSat must be able to geo-reference measurements with sufficient precision to identify facilities of interest. One of GHGSat’s first efforts is shown below for a hydroelectric reservoir in Canada (middle panel). Again, this test confirmed GHGSat’s ability to meet specifications.
- A successful measurement of emissions from any site requires tracking of the site for an extended period of time. An early tracking test over an animal feedlot (right panel) verified that Claire’s attitude determination and control system exceeded specifications.
The second set of images below illustrates several steps of GHGSat post-processing. These images are from a measurement of an Australian coal mine in early November, 2016.
- The left panel is the raw image from Claire. Note that the raw image in the left panel is approximately inverted compared to the right-hand panel.
- GHGSat’s retrieval algorithms produce several outputs, including geo-referenced surface reflectance as shown in the right-hand image.
One of the significant insights from these images is that the same features are readily recognizable in both images – demonstrating successful performance of GHGSat retrieval algorithms.
The same retrieval algorithms that generate the surface reflectance image such as the one shown above also generate carbon dioxide and methane data. GHGSat is currently providing interim deliveries of gas retrievals to customers, and plans to release data publicly in early 2017.
Our team is excited for the year ahead, and we wish all our readers a wonderful Holiday Season!
On October 25th, 2016, Boeing, GHGSat and C-Core unveiled partnering efforts to advance remote sensing technologies in Canada.
Some of the specific efforts unveiled include:
- Offering of GHGSat products and services to Boeing customers
- Deploying two new ground stations with C-Core in support of small satellite constellations, including GHGSat satellites
GHGSat is proud to work with these two strong partners to accelerate the deployment of greenhouse gas monitoring services worldwide.
In a just a few weeks since the successful launch of its first satellite, GHGSat has already performed over 100 measurements of greenhouse gas emissions from industrial sites around the world.
GHGSat-D (Claire) has measured oil & gas facilities, power plants, coal mines, landfills, and even animal feedlots – and measurements have been performed on every continent.
Satellite commissioning was completed within one month of launch. Commissioning procedures confirmed that all systems and instruments were operating normally.
Initial imagery is currently being shared with customers, and samples will be made public in the coming weeks.
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GHGSat selected to present at Colorado Oil & Gas Cleantech Challenge on Sept 1st, 2016. For more information, see the press release at http://bit.ly/2b1O8t0 .
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.
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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.