File photo of RazakSAT. Sarawak to utilise RazakSAT to do remote sensing activities by year end.

File photo of RazakSAT. Sarawak to utilise RazakSAT to do remote sensing activities by year end.

Come December, Sarawak will be able to utilise remote sensing technology for better development planning.

That’s when RazakSAT, the country’s first remote sensing satellite becomes fully operational, Science, Technology and Innovation Deputy Minister Fadilah Yusof said today.

He said the ministry would provide the services to potential clients, including state governments and the private sector.

Among others, the services are data collection in the implementation of the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (Score), forest management, land cover classification, flood mitigation, food security, urban planning, natural resources and disaster management.

“It will take about three months from its July 14 launch for RazakSAT to do a final calibration and fine-tuning before the remote sensing technology provides us with more tools on how to manage our state and its resources efficiently and economically,” noted Fadilah.

He was speaking to reporters after opening the Remote Sensing Technology and Related Technology Consumers Awareness Workshop, jointly organised by the ministry, state planning unit in the Chief Minister’s Department and Malaysian Remote Sensing Agency here.

He said the ministry was also looking at assisting the state’s fisheries industry and fishermen associations on profiling and forecasting the existence of planktons via the satellite, which orbited around the equator 14 times daily, as it would save fuel and manpower resources.

So far, he said, several countries throughout the equatorial belt, including Southeast Asia and Africa, had shown interest in using the technology being developed by Astronautic Technology (M) Sdn Bhd, through a collaboration of ATSB with Satrec Initiative Ltd of South Korea, with the agency as RazakSAT’S client. — BERNAMA