Canada: GHGSat, a private company which owns and operates the world’s first and only satellite designed specifically to monitor greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from industrial sources, is proud to announce today that its second satellite will be known as Iris. The naming follows a company tradition to name its satellites after its team’s children as a symbol of the importance of its mission to future generations. Iris is scheduled to be launched in August of this year and will carry an instrument which incorporates almost three years of lessons learned from flying GHGSat’s demonstration satellite Claire (GHGSat-D). Iris is expected to build on Claire’s success by making it possible to monitor even more sites, more frequently, at a fraction of the cost of other technologies.
“The truly innovative payload technology onboard Iris will grow GHGSat’s multi-year lead ahead of any competition and take GHGSat a large step closer to achieving its goal of being the global standard for emissions monitoring,” said Stéphane Germain, CEO of GHGSat. “The data Iris collects will not only help industrial operators address their emissions more effectively, but also improve compliance reporting to regulators and provide unique competitive intelligence. We enable industrial operators to better measure, control, and ultimately reduce emissions of GHGs.”
Insights from unique data
The vast amount of unique data generated by Iris as a result of its increased sensitivity will be a cornerstone of GHGSat’s efforts to provide customers with actionable insights and solutions through proprietary analytics and machine learning algorithms. The resulting value-added products and services go well beyond the data, enabling GHGSat’s customers to make better decisions and manage their operations more efficiently.
A growing global reference
GHGSat’s second satellite Iris is one of two new satellites that the Canadian company plans to bring to market in the next 18 months as it quickly ramps up towards a full constellation. GHGSat’s third satellite, GHGSat-C2, is already in development and scheduled for launch in 2020. GHGSat is also preparing to fly its first aircraft sensor in the summer of 2019, to provide even higher resolution data as a complement to satellite data for certain customers.