Baku, January 4, AZERTAC
Albania has launched its first satellites into space, Prime Minister Edi Rama announced on Tuesday, according to Anadolu Agency.
Albania-1 and Albania-2 were among 114 satellites lifted into orbit on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that took off from Cape Canaveral in Florida, US.
“Starting today Albania has more high-tech capabilities to control, protect and administer its territory, providing real-time vital data on a number of key aspects for sustainable development,” Rama said on social media.
Last September, Albania signed a three-year agreement with an American company, Satellogic USA Inc., for a “Dedicated Satellite Constellation.”
In a statement after finalizing the $6 million deal, the company said it will give Albania “priority access” to the two satellites and “provide unprecedented, country-wide situational awareness via the best data from space.”
“Satellogic will enable Albania to address pressing issues involving agriculture management, illegal crops, illegal construction activity, traffic management, wildfire monitoring, border security, and environmental monitoring through high-quality imagery with country-wide capacity,” read the statement.
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