Maxar to install NASA pollution sensor on commercial satellite

SAN FRANCISCO — Maxar Technologies plans to install a NASA sensor to monitor air pollution over North America on a commercial communications satellite scheduled to travel to geostationary orbit in 2022, NASA and Maxar announced July 22.

Maxar executives are speaking with multiple customers about flying the payload but have not yet signed a contract with a communications satellite operator to install the Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring Pollution sensor, called TEMPO, on a specific satellite, Al Tadros, Maxar vice president space infrastructure and civil space,” told SpaceNews. “We have a lot of interest in it,” Tadros added.

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