Paraguay’s first satellite launch into space
Many countries are investing in the space industry section since it is one of the most beneficial globally. However, it takes many resources, capital, technology, and skills to move a milestone explaining why every day we witness wins and fails from many space agencies. Space engineers create and innovate new technology and figure out facts to understand space more and its mysteries. Recently, Paraguay has marked a historic moment regarding its journey to space exploration.
Paraguay recently joined the spacefaring countries list after years of research, development, and testing. On March 14th, the nation launched a satellite into the earth’s orbit, taking off from the ISS (International Space Station) as part of a Japanese university partnership. Two engineering students built this satellite from the country in partnership with an international-sponsored program.
This satellite’s name seems to pay homage to the indigenous derived official language in Paraguay, Brazil and Bolivia called Guarani. Guaranisat-1 is a small-sized spacecraft from the CubeSat family, and it has a mission of two years. Adolfo Jara and Anibal Mendoza are the two Paraguayan aeroscope engineering students responsible for developing this satellite. Adolfo is a Ph.D. student, while Anibal is at the master’s level at Kyutech, Japan.
Kyutech is a famous institute of technology supporting the Joint Global Multi-nation Birds Satellite Program under JAXA, the Japanese Space Agency, and the Japanese government. BIRDS offers support to space experts from non-spacefaring countries, and this satellite is a part of this program. Other countries supported by the program include Ghana, Nepal, Bhutan, Mongolia, and Sri Lanka. The participating countries have to pay for the training, hardware, and launch. However, the program offers low-cost options to keep it affordable.
The Guaranisat-1 satellite is a primary technology demonstration that includes cameras to take pictures and artificial intelligence technology to sort these images and give well-detailed data. The scientists also had sensors to detect kissing bugs, an insect-carrying parasite that results in the Chagas disease. All the data will be safely transferred to the satellite by a central hub and ready for download by the ground station. This satellite entered the earth’s orbit through the Japanese Experiment Module Small Satellite Orbital Deployer-16.
Alejandro Roman, Paraguay’s manager of the space project, expresses his excitement, stating that the Guasarat-1 satellite marked a historical moment and is the first step to deliver space benefits to Paraguay. He said that the space industry is planning on using this sector to benefit different sectors, including Agriculture, land management, natural resources management, disaster risk reduction, and climate. Experts predict this move will help the country go and innovate new things.