Armenia has successfully launched its first domestically produced satellite, Hayasat 1, into space on December 1st, marking a significant milestone for the country's space program. The satellite was developed by the Armenian research center Bazoomq and the Center for Scientific Innovation and Education. The launch took place from the United States, precisely at 10:18 PM Armenian time, using a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
Armenia's Journey in Space Exploration
Armenia's first foray into space exploration began with the launch of their first satellite, ArmSat 1, in May 2022. The project was a collaborative effort between the Armenian agency Geocosmos and the Spanish company Santlantis. The launch of Hayasat 1, however, stands out as it was developed and produced entirely by Armenian specialists, demonstrating the country's growing capabilities in the field of space technology.
Features and Functions of Hayasat 1
Hayasat 1 is a high-tech device shaped like a 10-centimeter cube. The satellite is equipped with an array of sensors to measure the intensity of light falling on its different sides, magnetometers serving as a compass, temperature sensors for the most critical parts of various modules, and inertial sensors to measure changes in orientation. The satellite also houses a secondary payload, the measurements of which will provide data on the satellite's rotations, position, and motion.
Hayasat 1's Potential Applications
The Armenian government has announced plans to utilize the images from Hayasat 1 for border control and a series of scientific observations. Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian stated that the satellite's data would be used for a wide range of purposes, including natural disaster management and geology. This development underscores the increasing role of space technology in addressing critical issues on earth.
The launch of Hayasat 1 comes at a time when space technology is increasingly being used for military purposes. In late November, North Korea launched a missile carrier intended to orbit a military reconnaissance satellite. In response, the United States imposed sanctions on eight North Korean nationals and one North Korean company. As nations navigate the complex dynamics of space exploration and its potential implications, Armenia's achievement with Hayasat 1 signals its readiness to participate in this new frontier.