Launch from Kazakhstan
The name corresponds to the figure of the child who occupies the top floor of the traditional Catalan human towers
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First launch of ‘Nasa catalana’: a nanosatlite from Kazakhstan
The Generalitat advances in the creation of a ‘Catalan Nasa’
Enxaneta is the name of the first nanosatlite that Generalitat de Catalua will put into orbit, next March 20 from the cosmdrome of Baikonur (Kazakhstan), within the framework of your Estrategia NewSpace.
The denomination is a tribute to the highest figure of the castles, the smallest that crowns the traditional Catalan human towers, and has been chosen through a contest organized by the children’s program of TV3 InfoK in which more than 9,000 children have participated.
The launch of this nanosatlite be the starting gun for the missions programmed by the Govern in the so-called “new economy of space”. The project, in which more than 30 companies and several research centers participate, is based on the use of small satellites, orbiting at low altitude, to exploit their data. The Generalitat estimates that this strategy will generate 1,200 jobs in Catalonia and a turnover of close to 300 million euros until 2025.
Presenting the plan to create a Catalan space agency and putting six nano-satellites into orbit aroused several criticisms of the Digital Policy advisor, Jordi Puigner, among some opposition parties, which spoiled the investment announced [18 millones de euros en los prximos cuatro aos] in the middle of the second wave of the pandemic of Covid.
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