Team photo, credit: Jose Eduardo Mendoza
"The opportunity to install a project developed by our team in the Chinese Space Station is priceless. This project encourages the technological and scientific development of Mexico through aerospace technology in order to apply it in another field such as weather monitoring, climate changes, deforestation rates, etc." Jose Eduardo Mendoza Torres, Project Coordinator.
Mission e-patches awarded to the National Institute of Astrophysics Optics and Electronics (INAOE) and Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP)
The project "Mid-infrared platform for Earth observations" has been awarded in the first round of China Space Station opportunity in 2019. It is a joint project to be implemented by two organizations from Mexico; the National Institute of Astrophysics Optics and Electronics (INAOE) and Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP). This project has had the participation of INAOE students, researchers, technicians, and BUAP colleagues.
The development is based on a miniaturized Cassegrain-type infrared telescope and a wide-field infrared camera. Both devices work together to carry out studies of the temperature in the seas and land territory, which has various applications such as the identification of hot zones, the forecast of the evolution of hurricanes and the analysis of aspects related to climate change.