UAE announces second Emirati-made satellite

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UAE’s HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai today announced a new earth observation satellite that will be launched in 2023.

The satellite called MBZ-SAT, is the second satellite that will be built by a team of Emirati engineers at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) in Dubai.

It will also become the UAE’s fourth Earth observation satellite to be launched by MBRSC, after KhalifaSat – the first Emirati made satellite that was launched in 2018; and DubaiSat-1 and DubaiSat-2 that was launched in 2009 and 2013 respectively.

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“We approved building the new satellite MBZ-Sat, the region’s most technologically advanced in the civil and commercial sector, to be 100 per cent designed by Emiratis,” Sheikh Mohammed posted on his official Twitter account.

Launched on October 30, 2018 from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Center, KhalifaSat was the first satellite to be developed in the Arab world.

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