There are five months left (156 days) for the first Ecuadorian NEE-01 PEGASO satellite to be launched into space and the Ecuadorian Civilian Space Agency already announced that a mission will be added to the first satellite of Ecuador.
By statement, the EXA space agency said the satellite of 1.2 kg and 75 cm long by 10cm high will help the international community to monitor near-Earth objects that may pose a threat.
Built by the Ecuadorian Civilian Space Agency, and presented publicly on April 4, 2011, it will help further to more accurately classify the space junk orbiting the earth.
“This new mission will make the NEE-01 PEGASUS in the first” orbital Guardian “directly connected to the Internet, streaming in real time from Earth orbit and accessible to the public,” the statement said.
The satellite will be placed in orbit in October 2012 by the Russian Dnepr rocket RS20, operated by the Russian company Kosmotras from the Yasny Cosmodrome, Russia. (FL)