The neighboring country, Paraguay launched its first satellite called Guaranisat-1, it was launched within the framework of the Commercial Program for NASA resupply, NG-15 from Northrop Grunnman.
The takeoff took place at the Pad-OA of the Mid-Atlantic Spaceport, in the NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, located on Wallops Island, Virginia, United States.
Kineticists commented that the satellite will arrive at the International Space Stationand it will remain between 2 to 6 weeks until it is put into orbit via a robotic arm in March or April.
Paraguay came to NASA
The general director of Planning of the AEP, Jorge Kurita, pointed out that Paraguay’s participation in this project has already had a « domino effect » in the country with « the creation of teams and research groups in the space sector, applied to solving terrestrial problems. »
For his part, the general director of Aerospace Execution and Development, Alejandro Román said that Paraguay’s objective with Guaranisat-1 is not only to take the flag into space, but to be able to take advantage of the benefits for decision-making.
However, Román gave as an example the applications of earth observation that in a country like Paraguay, exposed every year to floods and fires, it can be useful for « planning responses. »
In the framework of the launch of the Paraguayan satellite, Román remarked that « they are examples of how science and space technology can improve the management of a government and a country. The AEP is not only doomed to launch a satellite; it is a means to be able to advance in technological development « .
The Guaranisat-1 satellite was designed and built by Paraguayan engineers who were trained in Japan, under the International Program (Bird), in charge of the Kyushu Institute of Technology, a program promoted by the United Nations (UNOOSA, for its acronym in English).
The National University of Asunción, the Scientific Society of Paraguay and the Center for the Development of Scientific Research (Cedic) collaborated in the project.