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They will launch a satellite into space exclusively for education

The space exploration is no longer a distant idea for Latin Americaas more and more people break the mold and pursue careers in space research, the main programs of the POT.

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Now plaziin partnership with the Spanish company FOSSA Systems participating in the Latin conquest of space, announces the signing of a contract that will become the first EdTech in history to launch a satellite into space.

This satellite launch is the beginning of a multi-stage program that Platzi, the largest professional training platform focused on technology in Spanish, It is scheduled to launch in March 2023.

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“By launching the satellite, we make the challenge a little more interesting, and we help open our students’ imaginations and look up, beyond the atmosphere. With this we demonstrate that space exploration is becoming more accessible every day”, he assures Sebastian Delmontdean of IT and Technology at Platzi who spoke exclusively for TechMarkup.

Also, it plans prepare your students for space exploration and communication with satellites in space. With this, EdTech will explore the frontiers of space and connect with its community, showing how it has been democratizing with the latest advances technological.

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“Democratizing access to space and IoT communications is our reason for being. That is why at FOSSA we are delighted to be able to be part of projects such as Platzi’s, bringing our technology and services closer to teachers and students. Entities with innovative ideas and a desire to change the way of doing things, like Platzi, are the ones that manage to revolutionize the future and together with them we will be able to bring NewSpace closer to the new generations”, he affirms Julian Fernandez, CEO and Co-Founder of FOSSA Systems.

What will the satellite launch be like?

The satellite will be launched into a LEO (Low Earth Orbit) of approximately 500 km high, classified as a “polar” orbit, independent of the rotation of the earth.

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The satellite orbits the planet 15 times a day. This will allows you to pass through the same place approximately every 10 hours, ideal for observation or to provide IoT (Internet of Things) connectivity, although sometimes to the entire planet.

“In recent years, the progress of miniaturization of technologies, on the one hand, and the reduction of launch costs on the other, has meant that the possibility of putting a satellite into orbit is no longer the domain of governments or large companies. This is going to open the door to more entrepreneurial projects and we want to make sure that our community is prepared for these opportunities,” he said. Ingrid Zuniga, Head of Communications and Public Relations at Platzi.

The lifetime of the satellite in space

Satellites have a defined useful life, and at the end of this there are two possible solutions to prevent them from getting in the way of the operational orbit, or from becoming more space debris.

Space of course is infinite, but not the orbit, and the operational orbit where the functional satellites are located has been increasingly full of space traffic, in part due to space debris, which is why some solutions have been devised that have been implemented for two decades for the satellites that are going to retire. , as if it were any grandparents.

“We hope you have 24 months of life (the satellite). The satellite is small, having the main body 5x5x10 cm. It does not have a position control and propulsion mechanism. That is to say, where the satellite is released, that is where it will stay.” explained for TechMarkup Sebastian Delmont.

What are the threats from satellites in orbit

Garbage or space junk is constituted by technological waste from satellites orbiting the planet, up to 6,000 tons, 20,000 fragments, of useless material that has accumulated since the launch of the first artificial satellite in 1957 (the famous Soviet Sputnik).

They endanger operational satellites, since can be damaged even by fragments of a few centimeters traveling at high speed, and of course people, if any fall to Earth and are large enough not to be destroyed upon entry into the atmosphere.

In that sense, Delmont assures: “There are three threats: space debris, asteroids, and space weather.” Space weather is the phenomenon caused in the interplanetary environment by the activity of the Sun. Solar flares emit highly energetic radiation, such as X-rays, or lower energy particles, such as protons.

“When the arrival of this solar wind is very intense, it can vary our magnetic field and affect our electrical networks, which are, after all, the technology used by, for example, a current smartphone,” adds Delmont.

Types of space debris and how the startup will deal with the satellite

According to the ESA, space debris is classified as follows due to its size:

– Less than 1 cm: it is estimated that there are more than 128 million of these fragments and most of them are undetectable.

– Between 1 and 10 cm: it is estimated that there are about 900,000 in orbit and their size can range from that of a marble to that of a tennis ball.

– More than 10 cm: these objects include everything from tools lost on missions to decommissioned satellites.

Therefore, Sebastian Delmont knows that this issue is currently a very big problem in space, so he concludes: “in particular, when this satellite decays in orbit, it enters the atmosphere and completely disintegrates. It is so small that you cannot see it. It will most likely become a shooting star, but it’s so small I don’t think you can see it except with a good telescope.”

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