Countdown begins for first UAE-made satellite
Wednesday, 09 05 2018, Category: Technology, Country: U.A.E
On October 29, at precisely 8.08am (UAE Time), the first satellite to be built entirely by a team of Emiratis, will be launched from Japan's Tanigashima Space Centre, according to top officials.
The KhalifaSat was built by 70 Emirati engineers, men and women, at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and is being dubbed as the "most advanced satellite" in terms of remote sensing.
It will be able to capture satellite imagery with a resolution of 0.7m and will provide a mosaic image of Dubai to the Dubai government every six months. As compared to the many other satellites that are currently above Earth's surface, images captured by KhalifaSat will be less pixelated.
"This is the best satellite we believe is out there in the world when it comes to remote sensing. The product that we will deliver to customers will definitely be of the highest quality and the way we developed the satellite automatically makes it a state of the art advanced remote sensing satellite," said Amer Al Sayegh, director of the space systems development department and the project manager of KhalifaSat at the MBRSC.
What is something goes wrong during the launch? Insurance will cover some costs.
"For us, we do have laboratories, capabilities in our engineers and our scientists, we have patents and engineer drawings, so we can develop a replica or an advanced one - this would depend on the decision on our leaders. When it comes to costs, we do have insurance coverage just to return some of the investment," Al Sayegh said.
Source: Khaleej Times