GHGSat Awarded Commercial Small Satellite Data Acquisition Agreement by NASA

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has awarded GHGSat a contract to provide its methane data products under the agency's Commercial Smallsat Data Acquisition (CSDA) program for evaluation to determine the utility of GHGSat's data for advancing NASA's Earth science and applications goals. This is a fixed-price blanket purchase agreement, and each call issued is not to exceed US $7 million over a five-year period.

Established in 2017, the NASA CSDA program identifies, evaluates, and acquires data from commercial sources that support NASA's Earth science and climate science research and application goals. According to the CSDA website, commercially acquired data provides "a cost-effective means to augment and/or complement the suite of Earth observations acquired by NASA and other U.S. government agencies and those by international partners and agencies."

The CSDA award from NASA is the latest example of how GHGSat is making its unique methane data available to the scientific community.  With six satellites currently in orbit, GHGSat's unique capability to measure methane emissions down to the level of individual facilities is directly aligned with the climate priorities of the U.S. government. At the 26th U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP26), more than a hundred countries joined the United States in launching the Global Methane Pledge, an initiative to reduce global methane emissions by at least 30% by 2030 from 2020 levels. Executive Order 13990 directs the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to propose a rulemaking to reduce methane emissions in the U.S. oil and gas sector, and a number of bills have been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives aimed at addressing methane emissions.

"NASA understands that GHGSat data have the potential to provide new information to the agency's scientific research and applications within its Earth Science Division, and we look forward to acquiring and evaluating the data through the CSDA program and its processes," said Will McCarty, CSDA Program Scientist.

"GHGSat is proud to partner with NASA to monitor and better understand greenhouse gas emissions worldwide," said Stephane Germain, Founder and CEO of GHGSat. "We want GHGSat data and analytics to be widely available to accelerate global transparency in greenhouse gas emissions, advance critical research, and develop new applications and insights in the fight against climate change. Today's agreement is a big step forward and we look forward to a long and productive partnership with NASA."

About GHGSat

GHGSat uses its own satellites and aircraft sensors to measure greenhouse gas emissions directly from industrial sites, providing actionable insights to businesses, governments, and regulators. With proprietary remote-sensing and patented technology, GHGSat enables strategic decision-making through monitoring and analytics services, with better accuracy, more frequently, and at a fraction of the cost of other technologies.

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GHGSat's mission is to become the global reference for remote sensing of greenhouse gas and air quality gas emissions from industrial sites, using satellite technology.