Half a world away and far from the media spotlight, Mozambique was in flames too and has been suffering drastic forest loss since the turn of the century. Combined with agricultural expansion and development, fires have reduced this land’s tree cover by 3.52 million hectares – an area larger than Belgium.
It fit like a glove and everyone had a huge smile on their faces and let out a sigh of relief. Our first satellite was finally in its complete form.
One of the most exciting things we got to experience was the final assembly of FOREST – it took around 8 hours.
FOREST stands for Forest Observation and Recognition Experimental Smallsat Thermal Detector – say that five times fast! The idea was to build a new generation hyperspectral thermal camera that is attached to a powerful processing unit.
New experts on board, first satellite launching, big things ahead – what have we been up to?