A Polish company that manufactures satellites has been selected by the Sultanate of Oman to produce and operate satellites that will be launched into deep space, as part of the first mission of this kind by an Arab country.
The object called 2020 CD3 and measuring just a few metres in diameter, entered Earth's orbit about three years ago. The ‘mini-moon’ circles the Earth every 47 days but is slipping from Earth’s gravitational pull and in few months will leave us.
A rocket packing Polish instruments will blast off on February 9 on a one-way mission to the Sun in an effort to answer some of the biggest questions surrounding our system’s star.
The technology can aid emergency services fighting forest fires when normal satellite images are obscured by smoke.