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Bluefield Technologies, Inc.

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Bluefield Technologies, Inc.
Founded 📆2017[1][2]
Founder 👔Yotam Ariel
Headquarters 🏙️,
Palo Alto, CA
Number of locations
1 office (USA)[2]
Area served 🗺️
Key people
Yotam Ariel (CEO)
Richard L. Lachance (CTO)
ServicesSatellite-based methane emissions monitoring and analytics
Number of employees
🌐 Websitebluefield.co
📇 Address
📞 telephone

Bluefield Technologies, Inc. is a private Earth imaging company based in Palo Alto, CA.[1][2] The company designs, produces and operates miniature satellites called Bluebirds that are then delivered into orbit as passengers on other rocket launch missions. Each Bluebird Earth observation satellite continuously scans Earth, sending data once it passes over a ground station. Together, Bluebirds form a satellite constellation that provides a complete methane emissions monitoring of Earth.[4]


By detecting methane emissions, Bluefield’s technology can find leaks at oil and gas facilities as well as monitor cattle, which emit methane during their digestive process. The company claims that its microsatellites will detect methane emissions as small as 15kg/hour (1% of the atmospheric background), and zoom in to 20 meters resolution.[3][1]

Bluefield plans to launch two small satellites equipped with the sensors in 2019 and eventually have a fleet of 20 to cover the world on a daily basis.[3][4] Other satellite approaches to detecting methane include the Sentinel-5 Precursor satellite, which was developed by the European Space Agency.[5]


Bluefield Technologies was founded in 2017 by Yotam Ariel.[3] The team includes scientist Richard L. Lachance as the Chief Technical Officer and former Shell geoscientist Giancarlo Cesarello for data applications and clients acquisition.[4]

It received investment from Silicon Valley based Venture capital firm, Unshackled Ventures, which is backed by Yahoo's co-founder Jerry Young and Laurene Powell Jobs among other investors.[6][7]

The company scheduled airborne demonstrations of its methane sensor with oil and gas companies and environmental regulators in 2018.[8]

Sensor Technology[edit]

Bluefield has built a robust sensor for methane gas detection to identify gas leaks.[9] Unlike sensors that use a more mechanical approaches to detecting methane, Bluefield uses gas filter correlation radiometry (GFCR), which narrowly analyzes the specific wavelength where methane is strongest. [10] This type of technique was previously used by NASA for its MOPITT and UARS missions. [11]


In 2017, Bluefield was named a finalist at the Hello Tomorrow deep-tech competition in Paris and selected for IEEE’s IEEE N3XT Star Honors. [12] It also received Top 25 honors at the Extreme Tech Challenge[13] and selected for the 2018 SPIE Startup Challenge 2018.[14] The company was listed as one of the Top 10 Companies of the Year and Top 3 Leaders of the Year at NewSpace People's Awards of 2017.[15] In January 2018 it was selected as finalist for the 2018 SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event.[16]


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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Crunchbase profile of Bluefield". Crunchbase.com. 2018. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Bloomberg "The Price of Your Steak, Forecast From Space", Bloomberg.com, 9 January 2018. Retrieved on 16 January 2018.
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  5. Strategy IoT "Bluefield – Global Methane Gas Detection from Space", http://strategy-iot.com/, 16 January 2018. Retrieved on 18 January 2018.
  6. "Unshackled Ventures seeks $25 million to fund foreign-born entrepreneurs in the U.S." Medium. 2017-08-31. Retrieved 2018-01-17.
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  8. "SXSW Startups: Bluefield Fights Methane". Medium. 2018-01-17. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  9. "Forbes". Forbes. 2017-04-07. Retrieved 2018-01-20.
  10. "IEEE Entrepreneurship @ Hello Tomorrow Global Summit: Bluefield Tech". IEEE. 2017-12-08. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  11. "NASA HALOE". NASA. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  12. "IEEE Entrepreneurship @ Hello Tomorrow Global Summit: Bluefield Tech". IEEE. 2017-12-08. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  13. "XTC 2018". theconfluencegroup.com. 2017-10-11. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  14. "2018 SPIE Startup Challenge". prnewswire.com. 2018-01-18. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  15. NewSpace People "NewSpace People's Award 2017", newspacepeople.com, 31 December 2017. Retrieved on 16 January 2018.
  16. SXSW "SXSW 2018", sxsw.com, 16 January 2016. Retrieved on 16 January 2018.

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