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Space technology is advancing rapidly, but private-sector advances are not always matched by relevant growth in the birthplace of space innovation - R&D groups and universities.
The SAT-1 Initiative aims to build a small CubeSat-class satellite, Efir, and freely share the space tech know-how accumulated during this project with high schools and universities.
A cube measuring only 10 centimeters in size, Efir will nevertheless be capable of imaging our planet from space and transmitting these images back to Earth. The design and engineering of its camera, on-board computer, stabilization, and communication systems will be thoroughly documented and shared openly with local universities and high schools. This will improve their access to fresh, practical know-how on satellite technology, and stimulate students to design their own space technology projects. Students from partner universities will also be engaged in the design and engineering process.
Efir is tasked to snap pictures of our planet in two channels - visible light and infrared. By comparing images in these two channels, the satellite will be able to monitor deforestation, forest fire damage, crops, and variations in seasonal vegetation growth. This data will be included in the know-how sharing activities, and everyone engaged will learn how to monitor changes in the environment from space and the processes behind these changes.
Additionally, Efir will take measurements of Earth's magnetic field as it orbits around the planet. It is designed to be the first of a series of more sophisticated CubeSat-class satellites that the Initiative plans to develop.
About the SAT-1 Initiative
Established in 2017, the SAT-1 Initiative is an R&D non-profit comprised of young engineers, scientists, and researchers. Its 14 members are aerospace engineers, physicists, communications specialists, and developers, with experience in some major aerospace industry institutions like GE Aviation, DLR, Thales Alenia Space, and a NASA project. Their objective is to focus Bulgaria’s expertise in science and technology on space-related projects and put the country back on the global map of cutting-edge space research.
Visit https://sat-1.com for more information.