Cash strapped California is ‘launching our own damn satellite’ to track pollution


#1

What a waste of tax dollars… My god that state is beyond help at this point.

People shitting in the streets. Homeless, starving, drug addiction, and this is their idea of how to fix everything. Let’s put up our own satellites, skew the hell out of the data, regulate the piss out of agriculture, and manufacturing, fine/tax them to death, then sue the federal government to pay for their budgetary failures.

California plans to launch a satellite to monitor pollution in the state and contribute to climate science, Governor Jerry Brown announced today. The state is partnering with satellite imagery purveyor Planet to create a custom craft to “pinpoint – and stop – destructive emissions with unprecedented precision, on a scale that’s never been done before.”

Governor Brown made the announcement in the closing remarks of the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, echoing a pledge made two years ago to scientists at the American Geophysical Union’s 2016 meeting.

“With science still under attack and the climate threat growing, we’re launching our own damn satellite,” Brown said today.

Planet, which has launched hundreds of satellites in the last few years in order to provide near-real-time imagery of practically anywhere on Earth, will develop and operate the satellite. The plan is to equip it with sensors that can detect pollutants at their point sources, be they artificial or natural. That kind of direct observation enables direct action.

Technical details of the satellite are to be announced as the project solidifies. We can probably expect something like a 6U CubeSat loaded with instruments focused on detecting certain gases and particulates. An orbit with the satellite passing across the whole state along its north/south axis seems most likely; a single craft sitting in one place probably wouldn’t offer adequate coverage. That said, multiple satellites are also a stated possibility.

“These satellite technologies are part of a new era of environmental innovation that is supercharging our ability to solve problems,” said Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund. “They won’t cut emissions by themselves, but they will make invisible pollution visible and generate the transparent, actionable, data we need to protect our health, our environment and our economies.”

The EDF is launching its own satellite to that end (MethaneSAT), but will also be collaborating with California in the creation of a shared Climate Data Partnership to make sure the data from these platforms is widely accessible.

More partners are expected to join up now that the endeavor is public, though none were named in the press release or in response to my questions on the topic to Planet. The funding, too, is something of an open question.

The effort is still a ways off from launch — these things take time — but Planet has certainly proven capable of designing and launching on a relatively short timeframe. In fact, it just opened up a brand new facility in San Francisco dedicated to pumping out new satellites.


#2

If you have “pollution” it means the government can regulate production, and when you want to enslave people crying pollution is a good way to do it.


#3

More space trash somebody will have to clean up.


#4

Do we know if California is going to do this before or after they finish their high speed train?


#5

The intelligence rating of politicians in Sacramento would raise considerably if Moonbeam could be launched into orbit . . . . .


#6

Let them do it! Whatever puts that state further behind the eight ball is good with me. I would love to see that entire state become a completely destitute wasteland. once that happens then all of the illegals and druggies that they harbor will turn on the globalist elites that put them there.


#7

If the satellite they launch into space is Jerry Brown, then I’m all for it.


#8

I agree Governor Moonbeam should be in CAs 1st satellite into space. :japanese_goblin:


#9

I would be willing to contribute a dollar if it would help get Jerry Brown off the planet.


#10

Regulations = fees + fines = revenue $$$$$$$$. That’s all it is…


#11

Excellent point…

Don’t get me started on that useless fucking train they want to build instead of fixing our dams and building more to reserve water and clearing our forests.


#12

There are a lot of conservatives here especially in the Central Valley. The whole state isn’t like LA or SF…


#13

And those satellites will hover over the Chinese sky (bc they track pollution?), causing WW3?
Oh no pardon me, they would all triangulate and crash over San Francisco’s poop-coated streets first.