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UAE space centre, university set to launch new satellite

Nayif-1’s main mission objective is to send and receive messages on amateur radio frequencies

UAE space centre, university set to launch new satellite
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The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and the American University of Sharjah (AUS) have announced that the launch of the nanosatellite Nayif-1 will take place later this month.

In a joint statement, they said Nayif-1’s main mission objective is to send and receive messages on amateur radio frequencies.

The launch is expected to happen on the morning of February 15 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India, on board a PSLV-C37 rocket if ideal weather conditions prevail

Currently, a team of specialists at MBRSC and AUS are working to ascertain the readiness of the ground station located at the university, from which the satellite will be operated and controlled after its launch, the statement added.

It said the nanosatellite boasts a number of advanced features, most notably it is programmed to transfer messages in Arabic.

Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani, director-general of MBRSC, said Emirati students had participated in all phases of developing Nayif-1, adding that four have been selected to join the MBRSC team to work on the Emirates Mars Mission – Hope mission and KhalifaSat project.

Al Shaibani added: "This kind of space project is of a high priority for government and educational institutions worldwide, because it provides extensive knowledge to researchers, as well as the basics of satellite manufacturing and space system testing."

Nayif-1 has been tested on ground and has successfully passed all tests on its subsystems, such as power and control, satellite antenna and communication. These were followed by the full system environmental tests, including thermal and vibration tests.

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