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DubaiSat-1 achieves optimal orbit

UAE flag flying above Earth as scientists say satellite has been stabilised in 680km orbit.

DubaiSat-1 achieves optimal orbit
OPTIMAL ORBIT: DubaiSat-1 achieves optimal orbital position, according to the UAEs EIAST. (Getty Images - for illustrative purposes only)

Following the launch of the earth observation satellite DubaiSat-1 on July 29, the Emirates Institution for Advanced Science & Technology (EIAST) confirmed on Saturday that the satellite has achieved optimal position in orbit and successfully connected with the EIAST earth observation station in Dubai.The earth observation team is now working on DubaiSat-1's calibration and data transfer processes before the satellite becomes fully operational.

EIAST said UAE engineers and scientists at the Dubai earth observation station were able to stabilise DubaiSat-1 in its 680km orbit at 3:30am local time after the satellite completed two successful orbits of the earth.

The team has also remotely deployed the satellite's solar panels, which will power it for the next five years.

His Excellency Ahmed Al Mansoori, Director General of EIAST, said: "With the blessing of Allah, the launch process was completely successful, and DubaiSat-1 is now carrying the UAE's flag into space.

''DubaiSat-1 is undoubtedly a sterling addition to the UAE's strategic accomplishments and what we have achieved so far can be attributed to the hard work and dedication of our national engineers and scientists."

"While the moon landing was a huge leap for humanity, DubaiSat-1 is a huge leap for the UAE's science and technology initiatives, and for our nation's aspirations," Al Mansoori added.

DubaiSat-1 was launched from Baikonour in Kazakhstan under the supervision of UAE engineers and scientists, who are responsible for more than a third of the project's implementation.

The Wednesday launch marked the first time the UAE flag, emblazoned on a panel of the satellite, has flown in outer space.

Images from DubaiSat-1 will be available for a variety of applications from urban development, scientific research, telecommunications and transportation through to civil engineering & construction, as well as mapping.

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