09 October 2019
China's first polar observation satellite, the BNU-1, has successfully obtained data on polar regions, according to the satellite's chief scientist. After nearly one month of in-orbit testing, the satellite is working normally and conducting full-coverage observation of the Antarctic and the Arctic every day, Cheng Xiao, the Chief Scientist, said at the China Symposium on Polar Science 2019. Cheng said the satellite data connection system launched on 08 October allows scientists around the world to obtain polar observation data acquire by the satellite. Registered users can also propose new observation requirements. The satellite continuously monitored a gigantic iceberg breaking away from the Amery Ice Shelf in east Antarctica in September, helping limit its impact on submerged buoys and investigation ships in the surrounding area.
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