The second Paraguayan-Japanese satellite Kitsune was sent on Saturday at 2:39 p.m. on the Cygnus NG-17 mission and is estimated to arrive at the International Space Station on Monday, to be scheduled for a later launch into orbit and the start of operation.
A year ago, Paraguay’s first satellite, GuaraniSat-1, was also launched through Japan’s cooperation, according to the IP agency.
The launch was conducted by Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech) from Wallops Island, Virginia, United States.
The satellite is intended to assist the National Electricity Administration (NEPA).walk) to integrate new technologies for collecting data from a station equipped with ground sensors that will be located in the Chaco region of Paraguay.
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The Paraguay Space Agency (AEP), Abde and the National University of Asunción (UNA), participated in the second experimental and academic space mission. The satellite was again developed by the Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech), within its academic program with the participation of Paraguayan specialists, both in space and on Earth.
Ande President, Félix Sosa, stated during the launch that the device will help Paraguay’s electricity sector, because in addition to the infrastructure improvements of distribution and transmission lines being promoted in the country, it must be accompanied by new technical additions.
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He also noted that ANDE has signed an inter-institutional cooperation agreement with the Paraguay Space Agency, which in turn works closely with the Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kutech).
“Through this satellite, we will be able to receive technical data for the equipment installed throughout the electrical system and mainly throughout the Paraguay Chaco. At this time, ANDE technicians are developing the interface between the equipment we have already received from Japan and which will be installed in that region of country and satellite, so that ANDE can receive technical data and electrical parameters of the distribution equipment and based on that, make decisions in favor of customers.”