By Andy Sambidge
Factory is part of plan to develop high level infrastructure for space sciences in the UAE
The Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST) has announced that construction work on a facility to build satellites is on schedule and expected to be completed in the next few months.
The facility comprises a clean room for the manufacture of satellites, an electrical laboratory, as well as a mechanical lab, EIAST said in a statement published by news agency WAM.
The facility is the first phase of a bigger development dedicated to the manufacture of satellites at the institution, it added.
"The construction works of facilities dedicated to manufacture satellites at EIAST are on schedule. Therefore, we will move as soon as possible from South Korea to Dubai to complete the development of Khalifa Sat," said Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani, director general of EIAST.
"Within a very short period of time, we have made a lot of achievements such as the successful launch of DubaiSat-1 and DubaiSat-2 into space in addition to the launch of KhalifaSat project."
He added: "Today, we are building facilities for the manufacture of satellites in the country, which is a real experiment for us and a big challenge for our ability to develop high level infrastructure for space sciences, to develop local human resources and enhance their technical innovation."
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.