The space industry’s role in protecting the environment is often overlooked or not even considered at all. Although, it is the space industry that sends satellites into orbit in order to monitor planet Earth – as well as our solar system and everything beyond that.
By monitoring Earth’s environment closely through advanced Earth Observation satellites, we are able to get a clear picture of the state of our environment. The space industry often has the environment at the heart of everything it does.
Some prominent industry organisations and businesses are working on more environmentally friendly fuels, improved environmental data gathering and reporting as well as more environmentally acceptable production and manufacturing methods such as 3D printing for example, which vastly reduces the carbon footprint of space hardware.
As we see more discussion around climate change, the space industry could be one of the key solution providers in the effort to tackle devastating climate change.