UAE's first gov't satellite set for lift-off

If all goes to plan DubaiSat-1 will be jetting into orbit at 8.46pm UAE time

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UAE's first gov't satellite set for lift-off DubaiSat-1 was set to launch on July 25, but was delayed at the last minute for safety checks. [Picture for illustrative purposes only] (Shutterstock)
By  Elsa Baxter Published  July 29, 2009

The UAE government’s first satellite is set for lift-off Wednesday night from its launch site in Kazakhstan.

The remote sensing satellite – DubaiSat-1 – is scheduled for take off 8.46pm UAE time from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, the National reported.

DubaiSat-1, which has cost AED184m ($50m) to develop, will be used to take detailed photographs of the region for use in urban planning and disaster relief, the paper said.

“Delays in launching procedure are not unusual and happen frequently as it is linked to the results of the final tests undertaken by the team of scientists and experts to ensure accomplishing the process in the smoothest way possible,” said Ahmed al Mansoori, director of the Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST).

DubaiSat-1 was set to launch on July 25, but was delayed at the last minute for safety checks, the paper said.

If lift-off goes to plan the first images are expected to be beamed back to Dubai within hours, but it may take several days for the satellite to become fully operational.

3612 days ago

Doug first, this kind of spying you are talking about is physically intrusive (taking notes next to me etc), and that does effect my day to day life. Now the kind of monitoring "supposedly" done by this satellite will not bother you directly, but will help maintain security in a region of such demographics. proof? security levels in the UAE relative to demographics, and within its political & geographical stance second, I ddnt see the issue bothering many people when done in their own countries, were "spying" is much more intrusive and is not always used for the best causes. at least I can do whatever I want in the UAE, within the law, and absolutely not be affected

3612 days ago
Chris Holtom

Well done Abdul M. Ismail on the informative comment. I do suggest other readers follow his links and also to Salah - this is a well run project by UAE which will help the country in a number of areas. You should be feeling proud indeed. The spying stuff is rubbish and I strongly advise those who think this way to get themselves educated on (A) what satellites can and cannot do and (B) real spying

3617 days ago

I believe the rule in the US is that you are permitted to use any encryption you care to use for your communications. However, a law enforcement agency can get a court order that will mean you must provide the 'key' to decrypt the information. This means that yes, the government can theoretically observe your communications but only after having demonstrated in a court of law that your communications should be read by a third party.

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