Colombia will put its second satellite into orbit to fight climate change: FACSAT 2 . Iván Duque wants a Colombian to go to space in this decade.
Colombian President Iván Duque said that Colombia will put a satellite into orbit that will allow the country to carry out studies on greenhouse gas emissions and fight against the devastating effects of the climate crisis that the planet is suffering.
This was stated by the head of state when he inaugurated in Cali (southwest) the Research Center of the Directorate of Science, Technology and Innovation of the Colombian Air Force (FAC) from which missions will be controlled and executed to design and put satellites into orbit and develop other technologies.
“This Force (the FAC) is also going to put its second satellite into orbit. It has already done so with FACSAT 1 , which was a project to improve communication. Now it is doing so with FACSAT 2 Chiribiquete, which bears the name of the national park. largest in our country,” explained the Colombian leader.
He explained that the new satellite will allow Colombia to have a better capacity to measure its greenhouse gas emissions “and fight against the devastating effects of the climate crisis that the planet is suffering.”
Colombia to space
FACSAT -1 , the first satellite of the FAC Space Program, was put into orbit on November 29, 2018 by a rocket launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Center (SDSC), located in Sriharikota, India.
On the other hand, Duque said that Colombia will soon send a group of professionals and officers from the FAC to Europe to accompany a mission of analog astronauts.
“We have never taken that step before, and today, talented men and women from our country are going to be traveling to Europe to work on this important mission, where they will undergo a series of tests and demands,” he said.
He explained that Colombian personnel will participate in a sophisticated project aimed at planetary exploration, in which they will undergo simulation exercises with the conditions they could find on Mars.
“In the next 10 years, as a result of our collaboration with other aerospace forces, we want to have a Colombian in space in one of those crews,” said Duque. EFE