At 2:36 pm on Saturday, the first satellite will take off from Paraguay from a spaceport located in Virginia, in the United States. It was developed by Paraguay with support from Japan. The device will depart for the International Space Station (ISS) on a resupply mission. From there it will be put into orbit and must complete ten missions to collect scientific information.
A small step for science, but a big one for Paraguay. This is how the launch of GuaraniSat-1, the first nanoscale satellite from Paraguay, which will be launched this Saturday in a rocket operated by NASA in the United States, can be determined on a mission called “NG-15”.
The satellite is a device developed by two scientists from Paraguay – Adolfo Jara and Aníbal Mendoza – who received scholarships from Japan, a country that has supported the project through its space program. It’s a cube of 10 square centimeters, technically called “nanosatellites”, which will be part of a project called “BIRDS-4”.
Ledofino Felman, president of AEP, told ABC last year that one of the ten tasks would be monitoring vectors of Chagas disease in the Chaco region of Paraguay, which would make it possible to put in place real policies to combat the disease by placing 200 sensors. The data will be sent in real time to the National University of Asuncion.
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Thus, the space race in Paraguay is run by the Paraguayan Space Agency (AEP) with an investment of 250,000 US dollars (about 1,637,500,000 EGP. The main goal of the launch of this satellite is to collect scientific information.)
The missile, which will carry the Paraguayan satellite, will take off at 2:36 pm from Wallops Island, Virginia, in the United States. It will be on a missile called NG-15 Cygnus, run by NASA’s private contractor Northrop Grumman on a mission that will primarily be a resupply mission for the International Space Station.
The ship was named after “Catherine Johnson”, the African American scientist who died in February of last year and who helped man to reach the moon and whose life was revived in the 2016 movie “Hidden Talents”.
From the International Space Station (ISS), the Guarani nanosatellites will be put into orbit by a Japanese robotic arm module. The estimated life span of this space device ranges between six months and two years. It will never return to the planet, once it has completed its missions it will disintegrate into the atmosphere.
The project is an initiative of AEP (Paraguay Space Agency) in cooperation with JAXA (Japan Space Exploration Agency). Both Jara and Mendoza were responsible for designing their own hardware and software. To do this, they both traveled to Japan.
The project is based on an agreement signed in 2018 between the national government, through the Paraguayan Space Agency (AEP) and the Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyotec), Japan. All these steps are supported by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and the Japan Space Exploration Agency (JAXA).