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Date set for UAE's first satellite launch

DubaiSat-1 set to be sent into space on July 25, hailed as major milestone in UAE space technology.

DubaiSat-1, the first remote sensing satellite developed by a UAE entity, will be launched on July 25, it has been announced.

The Emirates Institution for Advanced Science & Technology (EIAST), which developed the satellite, said DubaiSat-1 will be launched on board a Russian Dnepr rocket marking a milestone in the UAE’s path of innovation and scientific and technological exploration.

EIAST is currently focused on research where the satellite can be used including fog and sand storm forecasts, observing the quality of water in the Gulf region and ways to improve the clarity of satellite pictures.

Images from DubaiSat-1 can also be used for many applications such as urban development, scientific research, telecommunications, transportation, civil engineering and constructions, mapping and GIS.

Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, EIAST Board chairman, said: “The launch of DubaiSat-1 will pave the way for the further space projects that highlight the UAE’s thought-leadership role in space technology research.”

He added: “EIAST is...committed to positioning the UAE as a science and technology hub and establishing international collaborations and joint projects with industry and research organisations.”

The launch of DubaiSat-1 consists of three phases - space, ground and actual launch.

The ground segment comprises mission control station, image receiving and processing station, and antenna and RF subsystem.

Ahmed Al Mansoori, director general and vice chair of the board at EIAST, added that plans were already in the pipeline to launch two further satellites - to be developed fully by UAE nationals - in the future.

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