Mexican satellite "Morelos 3" is launchedBy Valeria Bigurra Peñavera
Today at 05:28 hours, it was reported that Mexican satellite "Morelos 3", manufactured by Boeing was launchedfrom Cape Canaveral in Florida by Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services.
The satellite traveled aboard an Atlas-V423 rocket, considered to be the launcher with the highest percentage of consecutive successful missions, with a total of 56 launches. The satellite will start operating within 10 months and aims to send emergency alerts in addition to support during natural disasters.
According to Mexico’s Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (SCT), the satellite was released at a height of 4 thousand 790 kilometers above the surface of the earth at approximately 08:49 hours and it will move with its own fuel for 13 days until reach a height of 36,000 kilometers to settle later in the orbital position of 113 degrees West Longitude above the Ecuador.
The secretary of the SCyT, Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, commented, quoted in a CNN article, that "This satellite will give Mexicans a better satellite service to remote locations, where communication usually fails."
The satellite weighs 5.3 tons and it will operate in the frequency band "L-Band" which features optimal technical conditions for mobile communications between people, land, sea and air transport across devices or terminals for satellite use, and it will have a useful life of approximately 15 years.
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