Macao and China National Space Administration place satellite in orbit

16 December 2019

The Government of Macau and the National Space Administration of China signed a cooperation agreement on the joint development of scientific and technological research for geomagnetic observation and a satellite technology test, said the government spokesman’s office.

The government of the Macau Special Administrative Region (MSAR), the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Macau SAR and the National Space Administration are responsible for the coordination and support to Macau’s first scientific satellite, whose project began on 9 October this year.

The agreement aims to research and produce what will be the only scientific exploration satellite in the world to be placed in orbit near the equator, to monitor the geomagnetic field and the space environment of the South Atlantic Anomaly (SAA).

This project includes research, in partnership with the best scientific teams from China and other countries, on geomagnetism and the space environment, which are relevant topics in the scientific area focused on the origin and evolution of life and the planet.

Signing this agreement will allow for the creation of a new model of innovation and scientific cooperation between national organisations, the MSAR government, and institutions in the sector based on both sides. The aim is to increase the speed of innovation in science and technology in Macau and the other cities of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area. (macauhub)