UAE Successfully Launches Its First Home-Grown Satellite

KhalifaSat, UAE’s first home-grown satellite, has lifted off into space from Tanegashima Space Centre in Japan onboard the H-IIA rocket.

KhalifaSat, one of the most technologically advanced remote-sensing observation satellites, with five patents registered, was successfully launched on Monday morning.

The images provided by the satellite will be used in urban planning and management, ensuring the effective optimisation of land use and realistic infrastructure proposals.

The images will also be used to develop detailed maps of targeted areas and monitor major engineering and construction projects.

In the field of environmental protection, KhalifaSat will monitor environmental changes locally and internationally to support global efforts to preserve the environment.

The satellite is also expected to provide detailed imagery of the ice caps at the North and South Poles, helping to detect the effects of global warming.

The UAE has plans to launch 12 satellites by 2020, a significant milestone in the UAE’s quest to make the space industry one of the most dynamic and vital economic and investment sectors, with a current estimated investment of AED22 billion.

Named after the UAE President, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, KhalifaSat will send images back to the ground station at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC).

 

Source Credit: Arabian Business