A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Paz satellite to low-Earth Orbit on Wednesday, Feb. 21 from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 9:17 AM EST.

The satellite will be able to generate images with up to 25 cm resolution, regardless of the time or meteorological conditions. Its mission will go on for five and a half years. It will orbit Earth 15 times a day, covering an area of over 300,000 square kilometers from an altitude of 514 kilometers and a velocity of seven kilometers per second. PAZ will cover the entire globe in 24 hours, serving both government and commercial needs.

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