Danish satellite successfully sent into orbit
The satellite was launched by a Chinese rocket from a space station in the Gobi Desert. It will ensure better monitoring of ships and aircraft in the Arctic, an area so large it is impossible to surveil by other means, said Johannes Riber Nordby, a military analyst at the Royal Danish Defence College (Forsvarsakademiet). "We have only monitored air space and marine areas very sporadically, because we simply haven't had the resources for it. This satellite will enable us to improve surveillance," Nordby said. With less ice in the region due to climate change, more activity and therefore greater political focus has come to the region. Nordby said he believes that the satellite will be primarily used by Denmark's military to assist authorities in areas such as fishing and environmental protection.
- The Local -