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Canada and Quebec are very active in the aerospace industry, and companies in the sector centered in Greater Montreal are doing business in different countries to deal with all kinds of problems. Overview.

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Martin Letterte

Martin Letterte
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Heat waves, hurricanes, forest fires: As the effects of climate change become increasingly visible and alarming, companies are under pressure to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. To help them meet this challenge, the Montreal Company has developed a system for detecting and measuring their GHG emissions using the GHGSat satellite.

“Large companies promise their shareholders that they will reduce their GHG emissions, even if they become zero-emissions by 2030 or 2050, so they need to track their progress,” explained Stephen Germain, President-CEO of GHGSat.

Company Methane Focus.

We can also measure carbon dioxide, but commercial demand is actually measuring methane which, in the short term, has an 80 to 85 times greater impact on climate change.

Stephen Germain, CEO of GHGSat

Founded in 2011, the company, which has about 100 employees worldwide, two-thirds of which are based in Quebec, has several major industrial players among its customers. “We have Europe, the United States, Asia and western Canada,” said Stephen Germain. We don’t have Quebec yet, but there are business opportunities, especially with landfills and refineries. A

To achieve this monitoring, GHGSat currently has five commercial satellites in orbit, launched in 2016 for demonstration purposes. The company plans to have 10 commercial satellites in orbit by the end of 2023.

“Our satellites allow our emissions at high resolutions to be attributed to the right source and not to neighboring agencies,” he explained. To see the width, we need several satellites. A

A business ecosystem

GHGSat is an example of one of the many Quebec companies active in the aerospace industry. Recently, Aéro Montreal, the space cluster of Québec, has identified 178 of the companies mapped in the space sector, including 62 SMEs with less than 100 employees and 116 organizations, research centers or non-profit organizations. Profitable.

“Of these companies, 57% work upstream, creating research, engineering or terrestrial or space systems,” said Susan Benoit, president and CEO of Aéro Montreal.

Other companies work at the bottom. “They run satellite operations, provide value-added applications, products or services, especially in the field of world surveillance and telecommunications,” he added.

The Quebec Space Sector Company is 72% concentrated in Greater Montreal. “It allows for closer collaboration between business, universities and research centers,” said Suzanne Benoit.

The presence of the Canadian Space Agency in Longville also breathed new life into the industry. For example, almost 40 years after the Canadian space arm, CanadaDarm, made Canada famous, it awarded a contract to the Canadian company MDA to build a two-armed robotic system, the Canadian Lunar Gateway, for the space station.

In the Quebec region, we have also created a great force in optics-photonics, especially thanks to the presence of the National Institute of Optics.

“Canada and Quebec continue to showcase their knowledge in the space sector,” said Susan Benoit. This is a good thing, because it is a growing sector of the world, as it makes it possible to find solutions to our current challenges. A

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  • 1000 billion US
    US bank Morgan Stanley estimates that global space industry revenues will reach US $ 1 trillion by 2040.

    Source: Morgan Stanley

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