Today, the government adopted a reallocation decision of just over € 830,000 to the budget line of the European Space Agency (ESA) program within the budget of the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology at the governmental committee on public order and public affairs. The fund will be used by the ministry to launch Nemo HD satellites.
However, starting with satellite launching, the launch costs 2.3 million euros. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs already has some resources for ESA budget items, but expects the launch to be financially supported by other ministries.
The launch of this satellite will contribute to the international promotion of expertise and technology developed in Slovenia. This satellite complements the European Copernicus system and provides its own data source for urban planning, ecology, agriculture, forestry and transportation needs.
The satellite was developed at Vesolje-SI Center of Excellence, receiving 85% from the European Union and 15% from the Slovenian budget. As reported on the Center's website, this micro satellite of 65 kilograms at a height of 600 kilometers reaches a spatial resolution of 2.8 meters pancromatic and multispectral of 5.8 meters.
Trisat satellites, a small satellite with a mass of 4.4 kilograms instead of HD, will fly into space with moderate ability to remotely observe the Earth based on multi-spectral image capture of the shortwave infrared spectrum. The satellite has been in use for at least two years in a night sun synchronization orbit at an altitude of 500 km.
The nanoscale consists of a multispectral camera that records 20 spectral bands of a short wave infrared spectrum with a resolution of 100 meters and contributes to the Marris University Trisat educational space mission website.
The launch of Slovenia's first two satellites will be possible in the first half of 2019, when the Arianespace launch of the Vega rocket is planned. ESA has already confirmed that both are suitable for launch. Prior to that, Trisat would need to make a decision on radio frequency allocation by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Slovenia, which was announced in October, requires a spacecraft registration.