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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

DubaiSat-1 was set to launch on July 25, but was delayed at the last minute for safety checks. [Picture for illustrative purposes only]
DubaiSat-1 was set to launch on July 25, but was delayed at the last minute for safety checks. [Picture for illustrative purposes only]

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.