MANAUS – This week, the National Institute for Space Research (Inpe) released the first images taken by the Amazônia-1 satellite, the first 100% Brazilian. The satellite, which should mainly assist in the fight against deforestation in the Amazon, has a high rate of return visits and presents clear images of spatial resolution.
Inpe reported that it received the first images of Amazônia-1 on March 3. The following records have a spatial resolution of 66 meters:
Amazonia-1 will also monitor agriculture throughout the national territory with a high rate of revisit – the ability to collect images for the same location in a short period of time – seeking to act in synergy with existing environmental programs.
According to the environmental specialist, Ricardo Ninuma, calculations indicate that it will take six days to cover the Legal Amazon. “In my calculations, it will take six days to cover the Amazon, as the coverage range is 850 kilometers and the satellite’s orbit is perpendicular to the Equator. These six days cover the most eastern point of the State of Maranhão to the most western point of the State of Acre “, highlighted the specialist, who has been a surveyor engineer for almost 40 years.
Also according to Ninuma, the satellite configurations are sufficient for the proposed work. “It has sensors capable of detecting images without much climatic interference. To monitor deforestation is sufficient, but inefficient for burning. As for the proposal for a temporal resolution every 5 days, it’s sufficient. As for spatial resolution, for the purpose of monitoring deforestation, it is also sufficient “, said Ninuma.
For the doctor in Cartography and Geographic Information Systems, André Luiz Mendonça, in addition to the benefit of Brazil’s participation in the construction of its own satellite, the issue of revisiting is also important for the Amazon. While American and European satellites have rates of 10, 12 or even 15 days, the Brazilian satellite promises a five-day rate.
“This is very useful, because we can follow processes with greater agility, for example, for you to carry out certain types of inspections. Because it is also thought of here, you manage to make it, if necessary, have an even smaller return visit, every two days”, said Mendonça.
The equipment was launched at dawn on February 28 at the Sriharikota Launch Center in India. With 4 meters in length and 640 kg, the satellite must be 752 kilometers above the Earth’s surface in an orbit between the north and south poles.
From space, he sends the signal to three monitoring stations in Brazil: one in Cuiabá, in Mato Grosso; the other in Alcântara, Maranhão; and the third in Cachoeira Paulista, in the interior of São Paulo. All satellite movements are coordinated from another station, which is located at Inpe.
Os comentários são de responsabilidade exclusiva de seus autores e não representam a opinião deste site. Se achar algo que viole os termos de uso, denuncie. Leia as perguntas mais frequentes para saber o que é impróprio ou ilegal.
Strictly Necessary Cookies
Strictly Necessary Cookie should be enabled at all times so that we can save your preferences for cookie settings.
If you disable this cookie, we will not be able to save your preferences. This means that every time you visit this website you will need to enable or disable cookies again.