Two KSA-de­signed satel­lites launch into space

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Saudi Ara­bia launched two lo­cally de­signed satel­lites into space for aerial sur­vey­ing on Fri­day from China. The two earth ob­ser­va­tion satel­lites, de­vel­oped by the King Ab­dul Aziz City for Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy (KACST), were launched from the Ji­uquan Satel­lite Launch Cen­ter.

The satel­lites, known as Sat 5a and Saudi Sat 5b, join the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion of Saudi Ara­bia’s high ac­cu­racy, re­mote-sens­ing satel­lites. They will pro­vide high-res­o­lu­tion im­ages of the planet’s sur­face from low earth or­bits, help with ur­ban plan­ning, mon­i­tor move­ments and changes on the earth’s sur­face, and pro­vide gov­ern­ment agen­cies with ser­vices, in par­tic­u­lar, high­res­o­lu­tion im­ages.

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