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Seamless launch for UAE's first gov't satellite

DubaiSat-1 currently in orbit after successful launch, fully operational in a week.

The UAE’s first government satellite, DubaiSat-1, is in orbit after a successful launch from Kazakhstan on Wednesday evening.“It was an absolutely seamless launch,” Audrey Nice, spokesperson for Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL), who was involved in the launch, told the National.

“The rocket lifted off at 00.46 [local time]. Everything went according to plan. All the satellites separated successfully and they are all currently in orbit.

According to the report, the satellites’ satellites’ receiver stations will now make contact with them and images can be back to Dubai from space.

DubaiSat-1, which has cost AED184m ($50m) to develop and is about a metre long, will be used to take detailed photographs of the region for use in urban planning and disaster relief.

Experts told the paper that because of DubaiSat-1’s low altitude orbit people should be able to see it without a telescope. It will look like a moving star, they said.

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R 11 years ago

Probably that is a great achievement for Dubai on its tech. front. Hope to see more in near future on renewable energies, civilian nuclear usage, etc. Good Luck Dubai.

Mahmood Shahid 11 years ago

I congratulates the people who make it possible.