UAE satel­lite ready for liftoff in Ja­pan

Khaleej Times - - FRONT PAGE - Sar­wat Nasir sar­wat@khalee­j­

dubai — The UAE’s first fully Emi­rati-built satel­lite has reached Ja­pan’s is­land of Tane­gashima for its up­com­ing liftoff to space on Oc­to­ber 29.

The Mo­hammed bin Rashid Space Cen­tre (MBRSC) posted a video of Khal­i­faSat’s jour­ney to Tane­gashima on Twit­ter on Fri­day, where the satel­lite can be seen off­loaded from an air­plane, then loaded onto a ship in or­der to reach the is­land be­fore fi­nally tak­ing a fi­nal drive to the fa­cil­ity.

Khal­i­faSat, the first satel­lite to be man­u­fac­tured in the clean rooms of the MBRSC space tech­nol­ogy lab­o­ra­to­ries, will be launched into Earth’s or­bit aboard the liq­uid-fu­eled H-IIA rocket at pre­cisely 8.08am (UAE time). The launch time will take 15 to 20-min­utes and will be sent 613km above Earth’s sur­face.

The satel­lite will rev­o­lu­tionise how ser­vices by the MBRSC are de­liv­ered as it will make com­mu­ni­ca­tion speed faster than ever be­fore. “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,” Amer Al Sayegh, di­rec­tor of the space sys­tems de­vel­op­ment depart­ment and the project man­ager of Khal­i­faSat at the MBRSC, said last month dur­ing a press brief­ing.

“We have five patents un­der

Khal­i­faSat, built to­tally from scratch by Emi­rati en­gi­neers and sci­en­tists. One of them is the high­est res­o­lu­tion cam­era. This is the best satel­lite for Earth ob­ser­va­tion in the UAE and in the re­gion. An ad­vanced po­si­tion­ing sys­tem in the satel­lite will help us make gi­ant maps and ac­cu­rately pro­vide in­for­ma­tion from the satel­lite to the users.”

Khal­i­faSat’s satel­lite au­to­matic con­trol sys­tem’s has been im­proved with high stor­age ca­pac­ity, which means it will al­low the MBRSC to take dif­fer­ent im­ages across dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions on Earth within one pass and en­able cus­tomers to pro­duce 3D maps for their own ap­pli­ca­tions.

A videograb of the Khal­i­faSat be­ing trans­ported to its liftoff site.

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