Claire, a microsatellite, was checking a mud volcano in Central Asia when a mysterious plume appeared in its peripheral watch. The fifteen-kilogram spacecraft had noticed a large leak of methane—a effective weather pollutant—erupting from an oil and gas facility in western Turkmenistan. The sighting in January 2019 sooner or later spurred the operator to resolve its equipment, plugging a single of the world’s major documented methane leaks to day.
Canadian startup GHGSat launched Claire four many years back to start monitoring greenhouse gas emissions. Now the firm is all set to send its second satellite into orbit. On 20 June, … Read MoreRead More