September 22, 2022 – British Earth Observation company, Satellite Vu has signed a second SpaceX launch contract for their second satellite, doubling their thermal data collection capacity, faster than planned, amidst rising climate concerns. The deal will see Satellite Vu’s unique Mid-wave Infrared (MWIR) imaging satellite launched into Sun-synchronous orbit (SSO) aboard a Falcon 9 rocket in early 2024. The satellite, which will be a clone of the first, will collect near real-time thermal data of the natural and built environment both day and night. Satellite Vu intend to use this data to analyse heat signatures and the wasted energy of buildings, industrial plants, and factories, assisting the transition to a Net Zero future, and limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees through effective decarbonisation of the economy. Furthermore, they will support compliance to Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) and sustainability credentials (e.g., ESG), combating greenwashing claims, by providing measurable data for accurate reporting. The technology will also be able to monitor the Urban Heat Island effect, which has a disproportionate effect on lower income areas, as well as water pollution which continues to occur despite the known consequences to human and environmental health. The deal follows on from their first deal signed with SpaceX in February, which will launch the first of Satellite Vu’s planned constellation of satellites in May 2023; meeting the urgent demand from businesses for data that can assist the energy transition.