Scientists were excited when the world’s most advanced space thermometer first appeared online.
of First image of HOTSAT-1 satelliteReleased in early October, it revealed in unprecedented detail how temperatures change. earthsurface. The satellite’s camera was so sensitive that it was also able to track the train. space From their thermal characteristics. But now, just six months after launching from California’s Vandenberg Space Force Base, the experimental spacecraft is malfunctioning.
SatVu, the manufacturer and operator of HOTSAT-1, announced on Friday, Dec. 15, that the spacecraft “has experienced an anomaly that is expected to impact ongoing operations.”
The emailed statement did not specify the nature of the anomaly, but BBC said in a report that the affected system was HOTSAT-1’s valuable thermal camera, which stopped working “earlier this week.” According to the BBC, SatVu engineers are still in contact with the spacecraft, but there is no hope that operations will resume.
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London-based SatVu said it is currently working with Surrey Satellite Technology, the British small satellite manufacturer that built HOTSAT-1, to assess the issue.
The company released first image It was captured by a 3.3-by-3.3-by-3.3-foot (1-by-1-by-1-meter) spacecraft in early October, delivering on the promise of providing the most detailed look at the Earth’s surface heat distribution. HOTSAT-1’s innovative camera can resolve details as small as 11 feet (3.5 m), allowing scientists to understand the effects of heat on surrounding buildings in city parking lots and the cooling effects of harbors and harbors. I was able to visualize it. The camera also provided insight into the behavior of wildfires and, in one particularly surprising sequence, captured the effects of heat on a train traveling along a Chicago mainline.
One of SatVu’s main selling points is that it maps how heat escapes from buildings, allowing city planners to make improvements that increase energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.
The combination of slow shutter and precise pointing technology allowed HOTSAT-1 to outperform all existing temperature monitors. satellite This includes those built by some of the world’s leading space agencies. NASA or european space agency.
But the early termination of HOTSAT-1 is not the end of SatVu. The satellite is insured and the company plans to launch a replacement satellite as early as 2025, the BBC said.
“We have plenty of financial runway to move forward with our next satellite and beyond,” SatVu CEO and co-founder Anthony Baker said in a statement. “What we’ve learned from this mission is unparalleled. We have enough data to develop great products that will be essential in shaping future commercial products.”
SatVu, which has secured a total of 30.5 million British pounds ($37.1 million) in venture capital funding to date, will eventually operate a constellation of eight to 10 temperature-monitoring satellites to help scientists, urban planners, and other It is planned that the relevant personnel will be able to monitor the temperature. Learn in detail how the temperature on Earth changes every day.
The company said the images provided by HOTSAT-1 since its launch “raise the potential for this technology to serve as a new ‘data layer’ to visualize the Earth’s surface and enhance our understanding of environmental and heat-related phenomena.” We have proven it.”
“SatVu remains steadfast in its commitment to capturing the highest resolution thermal data from space for a safer and more sustainable planet, and is already gearing up for the launch of its second satellite, HOTSAT-2. “We are in advanced discussions,” the company added.