China confirmed the launch of a total of 90 satellites to space for the Argentine company Satellogic, with long experience dedicated to geospatial analytics, who plans to build a large terrestrial observation network, the Xinhua news agency reported today.
To do this, the China Great Wall (CGWIC) industrial corporation, in charge of the operation, will use Long March rockets (LM-6) from the Chinese space base of Taiyuan, which will transport the first 13 new space devices. This will be the first time that the Asian giant will use this type of transport for a foreign client.
When the 90 artifacts are in orbit, Satellogic will be able to generate images of the entire world with a resolution of one space meter every week.
This is not the first collaboration between Satellogic and China Great Wall, which already jointly launched six satellites into space.
This new plan was unveiled in July 2018 by the founder and CEO of the Argentine company, Emiliano Kargieman. “We want to help solve the most pressing challenges of our planet and the multiple changes that modify it daily,” he said.
Satellogic, which launched its first commercial nano-satellites called “Fresco” and “Batata” two years ago, manufactures and manages satellites that capture high-resolution images of the earth’s surface and obtain information that helps farmers monitor the evolution of meteorological phenomena or to improve the productivity of their crops, among other things.
It can also help energy companies to identify possible accidents or leaks at points in the supply network and to insurers to check the extent of natural disasters.