|Name||Menut (OpenConstellation, GENEO)|
|Units or mass||6U|
|Status||Operational (Photos from space shared on 2023-02-10 last checked on 2023-04-15)|
|Deployer||EXOpod 12U/16U [Exolaunch]|
|Launcher||Falcon 9 (Transporter-6)|
|Manufacturer||AIVT by Open Cosmos|
Take images at 5 meters resolution of any place in the world.
Menut, the first Earth observation satellite of Catalonia's new space strategy, has been designed and manufactured by Open Cosmos and, when launched, will also be operated by the space company. The satellite will be able to take images at 5 meters resolution of any place in the world. Menut will prioritize the taking of images over Catalonia, whilst using the latest AI technologies to analyze and monitor the impact of climate change in the region.
During the last few days, Menut has passed the final functional and optical tests with technicians from the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia and the Cartographic and Geological Institute of Catalonia, who have been able to verify first-hand the capabilities of the satellite.
Additionally Menut will be part of the OpenConstellation, a project that was born with the aim of becoming the largest shared global infrastructure of Earth observation satellites in the world. With satellites contributed by space agencies, countries, institutions and companies, in order to address the key challenges facing us today. Climate change, the energy crisis, sustainability and disaster management, among others.
The second nanosatellite of the NewSpace Strategy, led by the Government of Catalonia and promoted by the Institut d'Estudis Espacials de Catalunya (IEEC), the i2CAT Foundation and the Cartographic and Geological Institute of Catalonia (ICGC), will form part of the first batch of OpenConstellation.
The 'Menut' nanosatellite - developed by the Generalitat de Catalunya and the Institut d'Estudis Espacials de Catalunya (IEEC) - and the 'Mantis' - from the UK Space Agency and the Agency European Space Agency (ESA)— will be the first two of the 7 satellites that make up the first generation of the OpenConstellation. The two nanosatellites will be put into orbit at the end of this year.
A little more than a month after its launch, the 'Menut', the second nanosatellite placed in orbit by the Government in the framework of the NewSpace Strategy of Catalonia, has provided the first observation images of the Earth obtained from space: an infrared image (grayscale) of some marshes located near New Orleans, USA, and a colour image (RGB) of the clouds in Europe.
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