Monitoring Greenhouse Gases from Space 24/7 with CarbonWatch

CarbonWatch has the ability to identify and monitor the largest sources of carbon emissions from humans, day and night.

The CarbonWatch instrument sensors can measure CO2 and CO signals independent from sunlight, using a simplified, replicable architecture and an onboard processing system.
A detailed cutaway of the CarbonWatch system. CarbonWatch has the ability to measure prominent greenhouse gases regardless of visible light levels, providing a 24-hour day/night space based remote sensing system. Artist illustration: The Aerospace Corporation

Remote Sensing in the Dark

The CarbonWatch Constellation

“Having multiple satellites means that if one of them fails, you haven’t jeopardized your whole mission,” said Hackwell. “Coverage will go down a little, but you can still observe and collect data.”

Using AI to Automate and Process Spectral Data

We operate the only federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) committed exclusively to the space enterprise.