Mongolia`s first satellite sent into space

A.Narantsatsral

2017-06-04 12:17 GMT+8

A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket carrying Mongolia`s first miniature-sized satellite, Mazaalai lifted off today at about 5 a.m from Kennedy Space Center located in Florida, the USA. The satellite will reaxh to the International Space Station on Monday (5th of June).

Within the framework of an international BIRDS project, three Mongolian students at the Kyushu Institute of Technology created The first-ever satellite owned by Mongolia wich is named after the Mongolian Gobi bear – Mazaalai.

The Joint Global Multi-Nation BIRDS Satellite project - acronym as “BIRDS project” - is a cross-border interdisciplinary satellite project, composed of the deans of universities, researchers, professors and graduate and postgraduate students working at the Kyushu Institute of Technology (KIT) in Fukuoka Prefecture of Japan. The project is for non-space faring countries supported by Japan and is participated by countries such as Mongolia, Ghana, Nigeria and Bangladesh. 

The miniature satellite is capable of taking 100m resolution images in the altitude of around 400km, transmitting data through 437MHz frequency modulation, identifying satellite locations, determining air density in the altitude of 400km, detecting space radiation and using ground stations as an international network.

In March 1981, the first space flight by Mongolian was performed and 36 years later, Mongolia has taken its second significant step into space. 

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