The final design for the first satellite built entirely by Emiratis has been unveiled .
KhalifaSat, which is a project by the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, will now enter the production phase with an anticipated launch in 2018. When launched, it will be used by municipalities for city planning, by the police department and for traffic management by the UAE’s Roads and Transport Authority.
— MBR Space Centre (@MBRSpaceCentre) January 6, 2016 “We promised Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid we would be back in 10 years to start the project here and we came back in nine,” Mohammed Al Hamri, director of the space operations department at MBRSC, said, according to The National .
Highlighting the importance of the completed design, the director-general of the space center Yousef Al Shaibani said “This significant milestone is an advanced step, not just in terms of the development of KhalifaSat, but reflects also on the satellite-manufacturing sector in the United Arab Emirates.”
Back in 2006, a group of Emirati engineers traveled to South Korea where they worked on the development of DubaSat-1 and DubaiSat-2, the UAE’s first satellites. In March of last year, the engineers returned to the UAE, building a 68-member local team that worked to complete the design for KhalifaSat. According to Al Hamri, 90 percent of the engineers working on the project were graduates of Emirati universities. He voiced his hope that this achievement will encourage more Emirati youth to pursue careers in space technology.
“Students shouldn’t be intimidated by the fact that designing satellites is rocket science,” Al Hamri said. “I thought I would have to get a degree in a specific field, but just getting any kind of engineering degree can lead you to space.”
With pride, we took practical steps towards launching the first Arab mission to Mars. pic.twitter.com/ABwygrf19B
— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) October 20, 2014
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