ABB to manufacture an optical sensor for GHGSat

Contract signature marks ABB’s entry into the non-government space sector with contract manufacturing services.

ABB Measurement & Analytics Business Unit in Québec City, Canada has signed a contract with Montréal-based company GHGSat to manufacture and test the optical sensor onboard the company’s third microsatellite (GHGSat-C2) aimed at monitoring greenhouse gases (GHG) emitted by industrial facilities around the world. GHGSat-C2, scheduled for launch in early 2020, will further the deployment of the GHGSat satellite constellation.

Counting more than 30 years of experience into the traditional government space market, ABB has provided key hardware contribution to sensors flying on leading Earth observation missions such as AURA; TERRA; SciSat1; GOSAT 1 and 2; NPP; JPSS 1, 2, 3 and 4; Meteosat; MetOp-SG and others. Leveraging significant internal investments, ABB is now combining its expertise in space instrumentation with its core industrial manufacturing strengths to offer GHGSat winning conditions for rapid payload production and integration in a highly competitive environment.

“GHGSat-C2 will build on lessons learned from our demonstration satellite and provide additional capacity in key markets. We look forward to working with ABB to make GHGSat-C2 a success,” said Stéphane Germain, president at GHGSat.

“It is an important opportunity for ABB to enter the commercial space sector and work on fast-paced, low-cost and high volume sensor development programs. This market segment is booming, and ABB is determined to become a dominant player as our company is already structured for serial sensor production for industrial markets and highly specialized sensors for space,” said Marc-Andre Soucy, Space and Defense Systems Director at ABB Measurement & Analytics Business Unit.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in power grids, electrification products, industrial automation and robotics and motion, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization with two clear value propositions: bringing electricity from any power plant to any plug, and automating industries from natural resources to finished products. As title partner in ABB Formula E, the fully electric international FIA motorsport class, ABB is pushing the boundaries of e-mobility to contribute to a sustainable future. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees.

ABB has a strong history in Canada, and the company continues to expand and localize its offerings for customers. With its Canadian corporate headquarters in Montreal, ABB operates close to 50 facilities and employs approximately 4,000 people across Canada.


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