Satellite Vu Launches HotSat-1: The World’s First Skyborne Thermometer to Combat Climate Change

By: | June 15th, 2023

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A London-based startup, Satellite Vu, has launched HotSat-1, a unique satellite. It is considered the world’s first skyborne thermometer designed to combat the effects of climate change globally. Operating at an altitude of 500km or 311 miles, HotSat-1 has the remarkable resolution to observe individual rooftops and walls. 

This capability allows for precise measurements of heat output, providing valuable data to address climate change.

“We’re introducing the first thermometer in the sky. Satellite Vu is launching a constellation of eight satellites that can measure the heat output from any building on the planet,” said the startup CEO Anthony Baker.

The development of HotSat-1’s infrared sensor has been made possible through funding from both the UK and European space agencies. The startup has secured £12.7 million ($15.8 million) in funding to advance this groundbreaking project known as “the world’s thermometer.” This initiative also involves the creation of a satellite constellation capable of monitoring thermal emissions across the globe.

Headquartered in London, Satellite Vu specializes in developing cutting-edge technology for collecting high-definition thermal data from space. The satellites being developed will possess the capability to accurately measure heat emissions from individual buildings. The company emphasizes that this valuable data can greatly assist businesses and governments in implementing energy-efficient solutions.

According to the company, the ability to locate and measure thermal energy output will also play a crucial role in the attainment of net-zero carbon emissions.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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