on Exposure to Satellites
was a bright Saturday morning and we took off for a talk about space. The
Astronomy Department was in the Physics building and was properly kept. About
seven to eight staffs took their vacation off to expose us to what their jobs
are all about.
They are among the few in Malaysia who have the rights to give commands
to the Tiungsat. Basically, their responsibilities are to monitor and maintain
the batteries' function and temperature, give commands to the satellite, protect
Tiungsat from radiation caused by the sun and many more. There were 2
professionals in designing a satellite and they worked hand in hand with a
private company abroad to make possible a fresh idea of launching a satellite
into deep space and then, letting it fall into an orbit nearer to earth.
snap pictures via Tiungsat to supply research sources to students at UKM and
other university and research centres, like MARDI. The pictures produced all
have false colouring. A standard colouring system is set in a specific computer.
This is because human eyes can' t recognize infrared light.
learnt many things, including the Tiungsat 1 is only of the size of a typical
computer and it passes Malaysia four times a day. It has its own natural orbit
and maintains a same altitude because of the earth' s gravity pull. The Tiungsat
can take images of up to 80 meters in length and width, which is not as
efficient or clear as America' s "spy satellites" . These are called "
spy satellites" because their existence is unknown to other countries.
Although there have been rumors about their existence, nobody could prove it.
This actually means that these high quality satellites could possibly be
scanning into documents and top secrets now. Worse still, they could be watching
over us anytime, anywhere.
Overall, this excursion has deepened my interest in space and its
ventures. It gave me a better understanding of what satellites are all about.