More than a year after announcing an ambitious mission to send a satellite into space to detect methane emissions, the Environmental Defense Fund is marking milestones as it moves closer to launch.

The satellite is part of an $88 million donor-funded effort led by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), a New York-headquartered nonprofit environmental advocacy group. MethaneSAT, an affiliate of EDF, said the satellite will pinpoint methane-emitting sites and the magnitude of such emissions.

Hopes are to launch the satellite by first-half 2022 to support EDF’s efforts to cut 45% of methane pollution from oil and gas sites by 2025. EDF, which has partnered with oil and gas companies on environmental pursuits, plans to continue doing so with methane emissions data and knowledge of technological solutions in hand.

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