Dubai's second satellite now fully operational

Agreement signed for promotion and distribution of DubaiSat-2's products and services to global customers
Dubai's second satellite now fully operational
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By Andy Sambidge
Fri 18 Apr 2014 10:08 AM

The Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST) has announced that its second satellite, DubaiSat-2, is now fully operational.

The satellite, which underwent the launch and early operations phase (LEOP) starting last November, has completed its full testing phase to verify and validate the operation of the system, officials said.

EIAST said in a statement that it has signed an agreement for the worldwide promotion and distribution of DubaiSat-2's products and services to global customers.

Technical improvements of DubaiSat-2 over the first satellite which was launched in 2009 include an increase in the speed of the data download and the amount of data acquired by the satellite per day.

Yousuf Al Shaibani, director general, EIAST, said: "The successful conclusion of the commissioning and in orbit operation of DubaiSat-2 which is the final phase of the project has reaffirmed the UAE's leading position on the regional aerospace map.

"All the efforts undertaken by the EIAST and its engineers are aligned with the visionary plans of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai of making the UAE a satellite design and manufacturing hub for the region."

Salem Al Marri, assistant director general of Scientific and Technical Affairs, EIAST, added: "The calibration and validation activities were conducted to ensure that the images will be useful to our customers and that they are of the highest quality which is crucial for the success of the mission.

"DubaiSat-2 now being fully operational signals the start of our mission to provide useful and timely data to our customers from the government and private sectors, domestically and internationally and to benefit the nation."

EIAST was established by the Dubai Government in 2006 with the goal of promoting a culture of advanced scientific research and technology innovation in Dubai and the UAE, and enhancing technology innovation and scientific skills among UAE Nationals.

It is mainly involved in outer space research and development, satellite manufacturing and systems development, space imaging, and ground station services and support for other satellites.

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