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The MethaneSAT satellite was launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon9 rocket from California.

  • MethaneSAT will track and measure methane emissions at a global scale.
  • It will provide more details and have a much wider field of view than any of its predecessors.
  • The entity behind MethaneSAT is the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) — a US-based nonprofit environmental advocacy group.
  • It is developed in collaboration with Harvard University, the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, and the New Zealand Space Agency.
  • It will orbit the Earth 15 times a day, monitoring the oil and gas sector.
  • It will create a large amount of data, which will tell “how much methane is coming from where, who’s responsible, and are those emissions going up or down over time”,
  • The data collected by this will be made public for free in near real-time.
  • This will allow stakeholders and regulators to take action to reduce methane emissions.