Greenhouse Gas Monitoring Demonstration Satellite Contract Awarded
GHGSat Inc., a subsidiary of Xiphos Systems Corporation, has signed a contract with SFL to develop a next generation greenhouse gas monitoring satellite called GHGSat-D. The satellite will demonstrate an advanced miniature hyperspectral SWIR imaging spectrometer from MPB Communications Inc. for monitoring targeted greenhouse gas emitters such as area fugitive sources (tailing ponds and landfills) and stacks (emissions such as flaring and venting). A secondary instrument will measure clouds and aerosols in order to enhance retrievals from the primary instrument. The 15-kilogram satellite will be a precursor to a commercial constellation of greenhouse gas monitoring satellites as part of a service provided by GHGSat Inc. The low-cost and high-performance of SFL’s NEMO bus is an enabler for this mission. “We are pleased that our next generation microsatellite bus, NEMO, a bus that bridges nanosatellites and large microsatellites, is demonstrating its great value to industrial performers by lowering the entry barrier to commercial space-based data services,” says Dr. Robert E. Zee, Director, Space Flight Laboratory.