BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) A nanosatellite owned by Argentina is now in orbit after being launched from a Russian platform.
Argentina's technology ministry said it was launched Friday at 4:30 a.m. (730 GMT) and has already orbited around the Earth five times.
"CubeBug-2," as it is also known, weights around 4 pounds (2 kilograms) and moves at a speed of 17,000 miles (27,000 kilometers) per hour. It's loaded with a high-definition camera to snap shots of Earth and an Argentine-made GPS.
"Manolito" and its predecessor, "Capitan Beto," are part of a project to try out new sensors and materials to observe our planet focused on recording climate conditions and atmosphere.
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Most of the satellite's components were developed by Argentina's Satellogic company. It cost $130,000.
Ecuador also announced Thursday that its second nanosatellite reached space.