ATOE Announces Launch of Txitama no Xiya – Earth Viewer


IBAP: 26 February, 2009 (7 Ventôse CCXVII):

Launching from the Louisiannan CNEL Spaceport just south of Saint-Domingue, the Earth Viewer satellite has the strongest cameras and lenses, capable of high resolution to be able to better see meteorological events, but also useful in studying humanity’s effects on the Earth.

“Nous sommes très content” Jean-Louis Cattin said to reporters. “The launch was successful, and the satellite is well on its way to orbit, capable of watching storms that form in the Pacific and South China Sea. It will be able to get timely news to both Japan and Louisianne about storms that will face either country.”

When asked about the orbit of the satellite, M. Cattin only responded that it was a moving orbit, such that it would be constantly shifting in relation to the ground to be better able to image the Earth below, due to the atmospheric lensing. “By allowing the satellite to move it will be better able to resolve the Earth itself, and thus better able to help us predict storms coming at our countries.”

When pressed about the resolution of the cameras, M. Cattin would only state that resolution states were not sure, given the effects of space and the atmosphere, but he expected to be able to see down to a size of some 3 meters at worst. At best, he said, “We should be able to see city streets and cars — nothing invasive, but close enough that we can track tightly the motion of storms, and hopefully build better predictive models, especially useful in the typhoons and tornadoes that regularly afflict our countries.”

Data will be transmitted by wireless to ground stations near the JAXA and CNEL headquarters in Louisianne and Japan.

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