Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Egyptian remote sensing satellite unveils Cairo secrets

Dr. Mohammad Argon, Director of the Egyptian Space Program said that a composite satellite photo was taken by the MisrSat-1 launched on April, 17, 2007. The photo presents the colors of the desert areas around Cairo, indicating their geology and the urban communities surrounding the ring road. The MisrSat-1 will photograph a strip of the Earth equal to its imaging swath with each orbit. As the satellite revolves around the Earth on one axis the Earth rotates on another, shifting the scanned strip with each orbit. This eventually allows the satellite to photograph the entire planet as it circles around it, and the software at the ground station works to fit these images together to create the complete picture.

1 comment:

Ned Hughes said...

This is really interesting. I think that this is one of those unconsidered satellite uses when they were first creating satellites. Completely welcome, though