Catalonia postpones the launch of its first nanosatellite


Virtual image of the future network of nanosatellites.

Virtual image of the future network of nanosatellites.

The launch of a ‘Soyuz2’ rocket, which will carry the first of the two nanosatellites of the Generalitat to improve the connectivity of Catalonia and the observation of the Earth, has remained postponed until this Sunday due to technical problems.

The rocket I had to take off this Saturday at 7.07 (Spanish peninsular time) from the Russian Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, located in a remote area between the Aral Sea and the city of Astana.

According to the head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, Dmitri Rogozin, before the launch a “voltage surge” was detected and the decision has been made to postpone the mission, which is expected to take place this Sunday.

As reported by the Generalitat through the ensposemenorbita.cat website, through which the launch can be monitored, the new time for the rocket to take off will be just 24 hours after initially set, that is, at 7.07.07 (Spanish peninsular time) on Sunday.

The Generalitat carries out this mission in collaboration with the companies Open Cosmos and Sateliot, within the framework of the NewSpace strategy for Catalonia, which seeks to promote the aerospace sector, making it a driving force for the economy.

The Government’s objective is for this sector to generate 1,200 jobs in the next 4 years and 280 million euros of turnover.

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