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Japan takes Spanish technology to space to photograph the earth

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On May 20 and in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, iSIM170 began its space trip to the International Space Station (ISS). Thus begins the longest journey of this technology to become the first Spanish camera on the ISS.

“We have introduced a Basque chamber in the land of cameras, Japan,” says Juan Tomás, CEO of Satlantis. The launch occurred from the from the island of Tanegashima of the Asian country.

Thus began the mission of the cargo spacecraft HTV-9 has been launched with scientific instruments for the space station. A journey that took four days to come to an end. Now just under 3 weeks later the mission has been successfully completed by installing the iSIM170 on the Japanese module.

Basque technology has an extreme miniaturization camera of only 15 kilograms, to obtain images with resolutions below the meter, which has led to a seven-year technological development and an investment of more than 16 million euros. “It is the first time that a non-Japanese technology is installed in the Japanese area of ​​the ISS,” says Tomás.

The iSM 170 by its design is capable of capturing 20 images per second of areas such as cities, borders, coasts or natural areas. A technology that will allow you to take images that can later be analyzed to detect possible problems, such as spills or algal blooms.

However, the CEO of Satlantis affirmed last May that the mission with Japan is only the first stage of his particular space race, since two new flights will be carried out.

The next of which will be with the North American Department of Defense, on the STP-H7 mission, with an even smaller version of the camera, iSIM90, this time prepared for deep space.

By 2021 they will enter the flight financed by the European space agency (ESA) and, in collaboration with Open Cosmos, an English company, will launch a nanosatellite for the oil and gas sector.


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