November 30th, 2015

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Montreal, November 30, 2015  - Montreal based GHGSat Inc., has successfully completed the final testing of its GHGSat-D (demonstration) greenhouse gas monitoring satellite (named "CLAIRE") and is now preparing for the scheduled April 2016 launch from India's Satish Dhawan Space Centre

" All systems are now go! This milestone is the culmination of two years of intense effort by a powerful team of Canadian engineers and scientists ," said Stéphane Germain, President of GHGSat. " GHGSat is bringing technological innovation in the aerospace industry to the fight against climate change ."

GHGSat-D ("CLAIRE") undergoing testing at the University of Toronto Institute of Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) Space Flight Lab (SFL) earlier this year. Photo c/o GHGSat.

The final round of testing included thermal vacuum tests to simulate the temperature cycling  and vacuum environment typical of low Earth orbit, as well as vibration tests to simulate the loads that  the satellite will experience during launch. System performance was validated using NASA satellite data,  laboratory tests and end-to-end simulations. Satellite testing was performed at the component, subsystem and system levels.

Claire uses an advanced miniature hyper-spectral short-wave infrared (SWIR) imaging spectrometer for monitoring targeted greenhouse gas (GHG) and air quality gas (AQG) emissions with high precision from almost any distinct industrial site around the world. Even better, it does this with  far better accuracy and at a fraction of the cost of comparable space based or terrestrial alternatives.

A secondary instrument on board the satellite will measure clouds and aerosols in order to enhance retrievals from the primary instrument. 

The core of Claire, a Fabry-Perot interferometer. Photo c/o GHGSat.

The 15-kilogram satellite is expected to be the first of a commercial constellation of greenhouse gas monitoring satellites, part of a service being rolled out by GHGSat Inc. The  low-cost and high-performance of SFL's Next-generation Earth monitoring and observation (NEMO) bus is an enabler for the program.

Anticipated clients include national and local governments, oil & gas companies, power generation facilities, mines, pulp & paper facilities, landfill operators, chemical plants, manufacturers, agriculture firms and transportation operators and anyone else needing to track emissions at the lowest possible cost.

Satellite development has been performed by a team of partners including Xiphos Technologies, the Space Flight Laboratory at the University of Toronto's Institute for Aerospace Studies and MPB Communications. The Boeing Company also provided GHGSat with expertise in systems engineering and space vehicle design and integration as part of the company's commitment to small business innovation in Canada

The company is supported by a variety of Canadian Federal government technology funds, such as Sustainable Development Technology Canada and LOOK North, plus the Boeing Company, Suncor, Hydro-Quebec, Imperial Oil, Shell, Canada National Resources Limited and others. 

For more information on  Claire or the privately owned Canadian small business which built it, please contact Stephane Germain at 514-847-9474 x 205/  [email protected] .

Montreal, November 30, 2015GHGSat is launching a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to fund demonstrations around the world using our new satellite, in places where customers need to be convinced of our technology's benefits. 

The campaign, also called "Claire" after the satellite, can be accessed by clicking on the graphic below.

CLAIRE  will enable industrial site operators around the world to better manage their greenhouse gas emissions and our contributions to the kick-starter campaign will help to fund demonstrations of this technology.

Demonstrations are currently planned to measure emissions from Canada's oil sands, North Dakota, Pennsylvania and Texas (to measure methane released from oil rigs), Russia (gas flaring emissions) China (coal use) and in other areas throughout the world (volcanic eruptions).

The campaign will run until December 18th and is expected to raise $100,000 CDN. 

For more information on the kickstarter campaign and how you can contribute, please check out the CLAIRE website at
About GHGSat Inc.

Our mission is to become the global reference for remote sensing of greenhouse gas (GHG) and air quality gas emissions from industrial sites.

GHGSat's novel satellite technology will enable GHG and air quality gas measurement with better accuracy at a fraction of the cost of comparable alternatives.  Owners of industrial facilities will be able to monitor all of their facilities, local or remote, anywhere in the world, with a common technology, in near-real-time.

Significantly improved emissions information will enable industries to better measure, control, and ultimately reduce emissions of GHGs and air quality gases.

For more information on GHGSat, please contact Stephane Germain at 514-847-9474 x205/  [email protected] .