Military Capabilities

Colombian Air Force operates first nano-satellite

03 December 2018

The Colombian Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Colombiana: FAC) now operates its first nano-satellite, FACSAT-1, after a successful launch from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India, on 28 November.

FACSAT-1 will orbit at around 500 km and circle the earth every 90 minutes. It weighs 4 kg and operates a 30 m per pixel lens.

According to the Colombian armed forces, the satellite will remain in service for between three and five years.

The nano-satellite was constructed by the Danish company Gomspace and it is reportedly the first of an order for three platforms. It was launched aboard a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle.

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