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UAE's MBRSC to launch, co-fund satellite project

Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre to work on project to monitor vegetation, water, road networks and buildings

UAE's MBRSC to launch, co-fund satellite project

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has announced plans to launch a satellite project to monitor and detect changes in vegetation, water, road networks and buildings in support of the Dubai "smart government" initiative.

MBRSC and Deimos Space UK Ltd announced that they plan to proceed with the project co-funded by MBRSC, DEIMOS Space and the UK Space Agency's International Partnership Space Programme (IPSP).

The project named SAFIY (Smart Application for Feature extraction & 3D modelling using high resolution satellite Imagery) will use Earth Observation data to monitor, and detect changes in vegetation, water, road networks and buildings, a statement said.

It added that the project will develop mapping applications that use DubaiSat-2 and Deimos-2 high resolution optical data to improve the efficiency and accuracy of many routine tasks carried out by government agencies.

Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani, director general, MBRSC, said: "UAE is investing in this sector due to its benefits to governments and its important role in the global economy.

"With the recent announcement of the UAE's mission to Mars, we are sending a clear message that UAE is serious about space exploration."

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