The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is set to launch MethaneSAT, a $90 million satellite designed to detect methane emissions globally with unprecedented precision. This technology is a game-changer because it can pinpoint methane hot-spots and identify under-reporting by countries.
The EDF‘s satellite project builds upon their earlier efforts to measure methane emissions from the U.S. oil and gas industry, influencing stricter regulations. The satellite offers promise for improving industry practices. However, it’s essential to recognize that addressing the broader climate crisis will require a comprehensive shift away from fossil fuels. Nonetheless, MethaneSAT’s advanced technology promises greater transparency and accountability in the crucial task of reducing methane emissions.
Chris Weaver is a senior captain with IO Aerospace. He currently pilots MethaneAIR, a modified Learjet used by EDF to detect methane leaks and test the same sensors that will be used in space on MethaneSAT.
This CPR News article discusses the development and launch of MethaneSAT by EDF. It also explores its role in controlling the release of methane.