On Tuesday, June 21 2016 at 11:57 p.m. EDT (0357 UTC) the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-34) carrying 20 satellites. Two of those satellites are Canadian, M3MSat and GHGSat. You can watch the launch live on SpaceRef.
Maritime Monitoring and Messaging Microsatellite (M3MSat)
Image credit: Canadian Space Agency/Honeywell.
From the Canadian Space Agency: “Canada’s Maritime Monitoring and Messaging Microsatellite (M3MSat) uses a new type of generic satellite platform design. Its main components include: S-band antenna; C-band antenna; Low Data Rate System (LDRS) antenna; Sun sensors; S-band antenna; Global Positioning System (GPS) antenna; Solar cells; Automatic Identification System (AIS) antenna; and Dielectric Deep Charge Monitor (DDCM).”
CLAIRE by GHGSat is outfitted with sensors that will enable it to measure greenhouse gas emissions from industrial facilities around the world. GHGSat’s mission is to become the global reference for remote sensing of greenhouse gas (GHG) and air quality gas (AQG) emissions from industrial sites, using satellite technology.
– Watch the launch live.