Mongolia is all set to send its first ever satellite to space on June 4 and it has been named after the country’s endangered gobi bear Mazaalai. The satellite will be launched alongwith the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Xinhua reported. The project under which the satellite will be launched is supported by UNESCO and Japan.
The Joint Global Multi-Nation Birds Satellite is a cross-border interdisciplinary satellite project for non-space-faring nations. It aims at supporting developing countries to make and launch their first satellite.
The duration of the project is two years and 15 students from participating countries including Mongolia, Ghana, Japan, Bangladesh and Nigeria will design, develop and operate five units of identical 1U CubeStats, a type of miniaturised satellite for space research.
Mongolia will be able to contact the satellite which will be sent off 400km away from the earth 5-6 times a day. A satellite is advantageous for the nation in many ways such as bringing the ability to conduct independent space studies, capture the geographic picture of a country, develop more accurate maps, and better prevent natural disasters, the Deputy Prime Minister and head of emergency affairs of Mongolia Khurelsukh Ukhnaa said.
The satellite, which was supposed to be launched on June 2, was rescheduled for June 4 due to rain. Mongolia has plans to launch the second satellite in 2019.