The brand new Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX), the aerospace transport company founded in 2002 by Elon musk, will be responsible for sending this Saturday (if there are no mishaps) the PAZ observation satellite.
Space X plans to launch a rocket Falcon 9 at 15.17 Spanish time from the military base of Vandenberg, in California.
He PEACE satellite With radar technology it is a dual mission, with civil and military applications, whose owner is the Spanish company Hisdesat. Its purpose will be to deepen key atmospheric parameters in weather forecasting, especially using a new technology to predict heavy rains.
Specifically, scientists have added a technology to perform radio concealments that, for the first time, will be obtained in two polarizations, according to the CSIC researcher Estel Cardellach, from the Institute of Space Sciences:
In addition to this, polarimetry will allow us to try new things, measurement concepts that had never been raised before.
In the military purpose, PEACE will serve the Armed Forces in the observation of terrestrial images in high resolution. Specifically, it will be able to take 100 images per day and covering an area of 300,000 square kilometers.