Ibadan, 9 May 2023. – Warpspace has signed a strategic partnership agreement with LatConnect 60 Ltd. to create a mechanism to monitor carbon emissions from space efficiently and in very high resolution. LatConnect 60 Ltd. is developing a constellation of satellites to measure carbon emission concentrations from space, with the sensitivity to pick up emission flow rates as low as 50kg/hr and higher. Consequently, the first satellite will tentatively launch into low Earth orbit in the second half of 2025.
“Global warming derived from greenhouse gases is an urgent issue for the entire planet, with the MIT Climate Clock warning of a 1.5 degree Celsius climate change in the following decade if emissions do not significantly reduce by 2030,” said Hirokazu Mori, Chief Strategy Officer of Warpspace.
In recent years, global warming countermeasures have seen discussions around the world. In the U.S., the Biden administration has announced plans to increase funding for federal environmental programs, including clean energy and energy efficiency improvements, and legislation requiring measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including targets and milestones. Likewise, In Japan, the Cabinet approved a plan for global warming countermeasures on October 22, 2021.
Warpspace is developing a next-generation space communications network, “WarpHub InterSat,” to promote “visualization” of the Earth. In this network, a data relay satellite placed in the medium Earth orbit, which satellites in this orbit have more visibility to the Earth’s ground stations, serves as a “hub.” As a result, the customer can obtain a larger volume of data more quickly than with conventional communication methods. This system is expected to be especially useful when highly accurate data is needed as soon as possible, such as disaster prevention.