Russian private companies are developing satellites to assess global warming

Russian private companies are developing satellites to assess global warming

Oleg Mansurov, general manager of Successful Rocket, a Russian private company, told the satellite news agency that the company had begun to develop the first homegrown professional satellite to monitor greenhouse gas emissions.

Mansurov pointed out that the current Russian satellite constellation has limited capacity to monitor the environment, with 80 percent of the data coming from foreign satellites.

Given the new U.S. administration’s intention to use the climate agenda as a political tool and the European Union’s plan to impose cross-border carbon controls, this situation is disadvantageous in possible international disputes.

Perhaps one of the weakest points in such disputes is the lack of homegrown Earth remote sensing satellites, from which data can be used to assess greenhouse gas emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4).

According to Mansurov, there is a need for a professional system for global monitoring of greenhouse gases.

In the future, the system should include space components, ground networks, and data modeling, processing, and analysis systems.

Mansurov said satellites developed by the company will be able to assess greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere with 0.2 percent accuracy, more than existing foreign equipment can.