A Chinese Internet company called Bilibili will soon be the first in the country to launch its own satellite. According to her, the launch does not pursue a special practical goal, but rather is an educational one – “the satellite is designed to surprise and arouse curiosity in science and space among the youth of China.”
The bar for launching satellites into space is rapidly falling due to the proliferation of mini-satellite technology, which uses compact electronics, which is usually used in mobile PCs and smartphones. Due to the fact that private companies like the Chinese iSpace sell the payload of their rockets to everyone, companies and organizations are gaining wider access to space.
Tiny private satellites also open up new perspectives for the public on Earth and in space, providing access to technologies that previously belonged only to governments. They also help companies expand their services to end users.
The satellite, simply named Bilibili Video Satellite, will be used to capture video based on requests from Bilibili users. It will also be used in disaster monitoring and the release of educational materials related to space and aeronautics through the official Bilibili account – the latter, by the way, will broadcast the launch of the device in late June.
The satellite supports stereo imaging and will rotate around the Earth 15 times a day, taking high-resolution images at a distance of 500 kilometers above the Earth. In addition to shooting attractions like night cities, the satellite will capture the Northern Lights and can be used to observe other celestial bodies, including the Moon and Saturn.
Bilibili Video Satellite will be launched from the Chinese launch center Jiuquan in Inner Mongolia, where it is currently being tested. The hardware was developed by Chang Guang Satellite Technology and weighs about 172 kg. He will carry two high-quality cameras on board.
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