Colombia: The National Council on Economic and Social Policy (CONPES), Colombia approved the document which will allow different agencies in the country to develop and launch a new satellite to observe the Colombian territory.
This announcement was made by Codazzi (IGAC), who led the executive secretary of the Colombian Commission of Space (CCE), comprising 26 organisations and 11 ministries.
The satellite will measure the population, crops, monitor the status of illicit crops and determine the impact of climate change. The IGAC hopes to put one of its satellites in orbit in 28-32 months.
The project will cost USD 94 million and will be paid by the ministries and agencies which are spending approximately USD 100 million per year in buying satellite images from other countries.