Ground control and downlink station of Armenia’s satellite to be ready for operations this year
The images taken by Armenia’s ARMSAT-1 satellite orbiting the Earth can be used in agriculture, environmental protection, emergency situations and a number of other areas, as well as for scientific purposes, Minister of High-Tech Industry Robert Khachatryan told ARMENPRESS.
“All subsystems and devices of the satellite, including the optical and communication systems have been successfully tested one by one, the results are positive. The testing is proceeding according to schedule,” the minister said.
The guaranteed lifespan of the orbiting satellite is at least 4 years, but the factual lifetime of the satellite can exceed this. The satellite will be operated by trained personnel of Armenia’s Geocosmos agency.
“ARMAT-1 satellite’s control station and ground station [downlink facility] will be ready for operations this year. The control station will enable us to fully control the satellite from Armenia through our specialists,” Khachatryan said.
ARMSAT-1, Armenia’s first earth observation satellite, was launched into orbit on May 25, 2022 on a SpaceX rocket from Cape Canaveral in the United States.
Source : Armen Press