Today, country that does not have a spy satellite is exposed to all kinds of risks. Spain checked in July 2002, when a detachment of half a dozen Moroccan gendarmes took islet of Parsley, an uninhabited rock west of Ceuta little larger than a pair of football fields. For some, that altercation could trigger a war between Spain and Morocco, for ors, incident was nothing more than camping of a group of squatters.
But Ministry of Defense had an unpleasant drink because it could not have images in useful time of that skirmish. The Helios, satellite sweeping area, was suddenly dark. According to official version, he suffered "technical problems". But reality is that Spain only owns 2.5% of artifact. It shares it with France (owner of 90%), Belgium, Italy and Greece, and only has right to demand 2.5% of images, among which it appears that y were not those of North Crag.
Learned lesson, Spain is preparing to remedy and, by way, give a technological leap in aerospace industry. If plans do not twist, at end of January will orbit a high-resolution satellite capable of scanning earth more than 514 kilometers high. You will travel at a speed of seven kilometers per second, so that every day you'll turn around planet 15 times. It will comb an area of 300,000 square kilometers and take a hundred images every 24 hours, both day and night, regardless of wear conditions.
Equipped with a syntic aperture radar, PAZ will carry out civilian and military missions. Will monitor maritime traffic in Mediterranean to detect pateras, scrutinize illegal fishing activities or movements of drug traffickers in strait, control natural resources or urbanism and assess catastrophes, from floods Even fires. It could even certify wher pedestrians circulate in right lane in most congested ways of Madrid.
In addition to observing earth in scientific or humanitarian missions, gigantic eye of peace will serve to around neighboring countries under premise of securing defense and security. You will be able to look closely at Mohammed VI-A, Moroccan spy satellite (officially, of optical recognition), launched into space this month from French Guiana, with which our neighbor of South aspires to control borders and to make a more effective monitoring of Jihadi groups.
Paz is now ready to be moved to Vandenberg Air Base (California), although it was initially planned to rise to sky from Russia. Spain will enter into select group of European countries (toger with Germany and Italy) who have ir own spy satellite. An ambitious business and scientific project that could avoid funny episodes such as one that occurred in parsley three decades ago.
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