Saudi Arabia launches third satellite

Saudi Arabia’s third commercial satellite was launched on a Russian rocket from Kazakhstan on Friday. It will be used for weather forecasting and oil exploration.

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By  Rob Corder Published  December 23, 2002

Saudi Arabia’s third commercial satellite is now in a successful orbit 650 km above the earth. The satellite, which was launched on a Russian rocket from Kazakhstan on Friday, will be used for weather forecasting and oil exploration. It will have no military uses.

The third satellite is part of a space research program implemented by the Institute of Space Research at the Riyadh-based King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), under the supervision of Prince Turki ibn Saud ibn Mohammed.

Prince Turki, head of the Institute of Space Research, has urged private sector companies in the Kingdom to look into the commercial benefits of satellite programmes and space research projects.

Saudi Arabia has recently joined the UN committee for space research for peaceful purposes, underlining its commitment to using advanced technology to drive economic development for the Kingdom.

Two satellites launched in previous years are used for agriculture, geology, cartography, and natural disaster studies.

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