Norway launches first satellite

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Norway’s first national satellite was launched this week, two months late but without any problems.

“We’re very glad this has gone so well,” Bo Andersen, managing director at the Norwegian space center (Norsk Romsenter), told news bureau NTB.

The satellite, AlSSat-1, was launched in India and found its orbit after 20 minutes, at an altitude of 635 kilometers.

Norwegian authorities say they will use the satellite to help monitor illegal fishing in Norwegian waters and in the fight against environmental crime at sea. The satellite can help the authorities track vessels responsible for oil spills.

It’s also expected to assist Norwegian search and rescue operations and provide better security at sea.

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