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Spacecraft to map UK's heat inefficient buildings

A novel British satellite designed to map the heat signature of buildings has been launched. The idea is to highlight those dwellings that are wasting energy and could benefit from better insulation. The relatively small spacecraft is appropriately called HotSat-1 and it will be operated by the London-based start-up Satellite Vu. Its infrared sensor has been developed with funds from the UK and European space agencies. HotSat-1 launched on a SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket from the Vandenberg Space Force Base in California at about 14:35 PDT (22:35 BST), a little later than planned. Flying at an altitude of 500km (311 miles), it will have the resolution to see individual roof tops and walls.

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  • Joyce Waturu

    43 w

    Spectacular!This "hawk's eye" technology is very vital in this regard.

    • We Don't Have Time

      43 w

      Dear Annett Michuki.. Thank you for getting your climate love to level 2! We have reached out to UK Parliament and requested a response. I will keep you updated on any progress! /Ford We Don't Have Time

      • Tabitha Kimani

        43 w

        This will aid in retrofitting the buildings to make them energy efficient.

        • Sarah kimotho

          43 w

          This can be the best innovation ever

          • Joseph Githinji

            43 w

            Congratulations to UK,this could turn to be the best surveillance mechanism. If utilized wasting energy will reduce significantly.

            • ance Star

              43 w

              Great..hoping the spacecraft will come out with positive results

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