IT GIVES me immense delight to know that the irst locally made and designed satellite Khalifasat was launched in Japan. It is truly a spectacular milestone in the history of the country and a tremendous breakthrough for the national space industry.
I am not an Emirati, but I have lived in the UAE for more than a decade, and consider it my second home. I ind the UAE nationals extremely polite and warm, and I also strongly feel that they are very talented.
Which accounts for the fact that the earth observation satellite was designed, tested and manufactured by a team of Emirati engineers and scientists at the Space Technology Laboratories of Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC).
This is the third UAE satellite launched into space, after Dubaisat-1 and Dubaisat-2.
It is part of the national strategy to stoke innovation, technological