First Ecuadorian satellite will help monitoring near-Earth objects from orbit |
25 April 2012
The Ecuadorian Civilian Space Agency - EXA announced that it will be adding a mission to the first Ecuadorian satelllite, the NEE-01 PEGASUS: It will help monitoring near-earth objects from orbit using its onboard video camera and will also help in the catalog and control of orbital debris (space junk), this new mission will turn the NEE-01 in to the first online, real time orbital video sentry for the planet, as the satellite has the capability to stream its video signal directly to the Internet.
The NEE-01 PEGASUS was built by the EXA and presented to the public on April 4, 2011, the satellite has a mass of 1.2kg and it is 75cm long, it was completely designed and built in the country with national personnel and equipment and it will perform several missions in the technical and scientific fields as well as an educational role, all these missions will serve the national technological development in the aerospace field.
The satellite will be launched on board a Russian Dnepr RS20 launch vehicle operated by KOSMOTRAS from the Yasny cosmodrome on September 29 this year.
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Source: Ecuadorian Civilian Space Agency (EXA)