Montreal, July 28, 2020. GHGSat, the only emissions monitoring company with its own satellites, is delighted to announce that their satellite GHGSat-C2 or “Hugo” has successfully completed payload assembly with partner and leading global engineering firm ABB.
Hugo is the company’s third satellite and marks a significant milestone in their fast-paced constellation programme to put 10 greenhouse gas emissions monitoring satellites into orbit within the next two years.
Orbiting 500kms above the Earth, the satellites will hunt for emissions using the highest resolution methane sensor in space, capable of generating imagery with a resolution 100 times higher than any other satellite system in orbit. This world-leading technology enables methane measures from specific sources, such as coal mines, oil and gas installations and landfills, to be detected and measured from orbit for the first time.
The GHGSat-C2 payload has made the journey safely from ABB’s facility in Quebec City to GHGSat’s partner Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) in Toronto where it will begin integration with the spacecraft.
Marc-Andre Soucy, Director, Space and Defense Systems at ABB Measurement & Analytics Business Unit, said: “ABB is very proud of its involvement in the development of GHGSat-C2. The payload successfully completed its qualification testing and is ready for spacecraft integration. In addition to GHGSat-C2, ABB has provided technologies to several high profile space missions like JPSS, GOSAT, NPP, Meteosat, IASI, SciSat, MetImage and more. All these contribute to a better understanding of our planet and help overcome climate change challenges.”
Hugo is scheduled to be in orbit in December. GHGSat’s second satellite Iris is scheduled for launch mid-August, and Claire, their technology demonstrator, successfully launched in 2016 and has delivered over 60,000 measurements of individual industrial sites to date.