Space BIRDS on the Search for Infectious Kissing Bugs

In a time where infectious diseases are at the forefront of all our minds, new technologies are emerging to advance tracking methods of said diseases. Not only are new technologies coming into existence, but also new countries are getting the chance to contribute in space technologies! This week, Paraguay deployed their first satellite, Guaranisat-1, from the ISS as a part of the Joint Global Multi-Nation Birds Satellite project. Developed by students, the Guaranisat-1 CubeSat contains sensors that are able to track penny sized triatomine bugs, also known as kissing bugs, which can infect humans with the Changas Disease. Currently, an estimated 8 million people in Central and South America are infected with this disease. If the technology demonstrates its ability to successfully track at risk areas, the potential for further global use would be in the pipe line. Paraguay’s contribution to BIRDS showcases the potential for non-space-faring countries to be able to begin their journey for space research. 

As Red Canyon seeks to “explore other planets, and improve our own,” we understand the importance of using this technology to make a positive impact worldwide. Click the links below to learn more about Paraguay’s first satellite and the kissing bug!

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