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SpaceX’s Falcon9 Launches MethaneSAT to Track Methane Emissions Globally

Published on March 19, 2024
Current Context: On Monday, March 4, 2024, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched the MethaneSAT, a satellite designed to track methane emissions globally from California’s Vandenberg Space Force Base.
SpaceX’s Falcon9 Launches MethaneSAT to Track Methane Emissions Globally
  • The MethaneSAT, a washing-machine-sized satellite, was one of 53 payloads on SpaceX’s Transporter-10 rideshare mission.
  • It will collect data about methane leaks from 300 targets worldwide while circling Earth 15 times a day from its orbit 360 miles (580 kilometers) above ground.
  • The MethaneSAT is the first satellite by a nonprofit environmental group, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), which built and is operating the satellite.
  • The satellite will help policymakers independently verify industry reports by pinpointing hotspots of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.
  • The satellite was developed for $88 million by EDF in partnership with the New Zealand Space Agency, Harvard University, British aerospace company BAE Systems, and Google.
  • Google will provide the MethaneSAT team with cloud computing services to process the satellite’s data.
  • The first images from the satellite are expected in early summer and will be made publicly available later this year.


Q.1 Who launched the MethaneSAT?
a. Google
b. SpaceX
c. BAE Systems
d. New Zealand Space Agency
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