We all know the fastest way to many an Argentine’s heart is by cooking and serving up a solid milanesa. Argentine passion towards this renown, traditional dish is the equivalent of Italians and their pizza, French to their croissant, Americans to their bacon. You get the drift.
Further proof of just how much of a soft spot Argentines have for their milanesas, last night, the sixth microsatellite developed by the Argentine company Satellogic was launched into space. The microsatellite’s name? The Milanesat. Yes, you read that right.
No, it is not a flying milanesa but the name does have a certain ring to it, doesn’t it?
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September 20, 2016
The name Milanesat came to be as a result of an open internet poll the company Satellogic held, after over ten thousand people participated. The satellite is now the sixth member of Satellogic’s satellite family. It’s sibling satellites also carry peculiar names: Fresco, Batata, Capitán Beto, Manolito and Tita. Way to think with your gut guys.
The Milanesat was launched from a space base in China on Wednesday night, local time. An hour and a half later, a receptive antenna situated in Cordoba received the Satellite’s first signals and confirmed the satellite was up and running.
Alan Kharsansky, satellite systems engineer at Satellogic, explained in an interview with Argentine newspaper Perfil, the Milanesat’s functionality.
Kharsansky confirmed that not only does the satellite get the whole country thinking about Milanesas, but it was also “designed to fly in a polar orbit, around 550 kilometers above ground. From there — through its three Earth-observing cameras — it will take satellite images that, after being processed, will contain very useful information for several industries.”
The satellite’s acquisition of real-time images of Argentina will be the most useful for agricultural and the oil industries. The Milanesat will also provide live updates of the country’s infrastructure, for urgent natural disaster situations such as floods. Milanesas saving the day, once again.
Kharsansky has confirmed that the satellite will be flying over Argentina approximately 15 times a day. During its route over other countries, the engineer confirmed: “we will be taking images at all times since our products are beneficial for users of any country.”
There’s no doubt the satellite will be a useful tool to multiple sectors within the county and it goes without saying we should all be grateful that starting today, no matter where we go, we will always have a milanesa watching over us.