Lets fight climate change from space

Three UK-built satellites, which have been specifically designed to help fight climate change and assist in the protection of wildlife are planned to be launched into space today at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The UK Space Agency has provided a whopping £15 million to Hampshire and Glasgow-based companies In-Space Missions and Spire to help develop the new satellites.

The way they work is by using sensors manufactured by Lacuna Space that will monitor the environment, track wildlife and help provide data from space on the scale of impact that humans are continuously having on the planet.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket which holds the satellites, is due to take off at 8 pm.

Amanda Solloway, Space Minister, commented: “As we get ready to host the UN Climate Change Conference, COP26, in Glasgow later this year, the UK is leading the way in exploiting space to tackle climate change, developing satellites that enable our world class scientists to monitor the environment in remarkable detail.

“As well as supporting our climate ambitions, these British-built satellites will provide exciting innovation in remote sensing and tracking, kickstarting industry to offer new services that will help to improve all our lives.”

Rob Spurrett, Lacuna Space CEO, added: “Much like the early days of the internet, when it was hard to imagine the impact of having everybody connected, it seems there is an endless world of possibilities from now connecting physical objects or “things”.

“In cities, there are many possible ways to do that but our service ensures that rural parts of the UK and even the most remote locations in the world are part of this data revolution.”

Lets fight climate change from space

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