The first satellite made completely by Emirati engineers in the UAE، KhalifaSat، has successfully been launched into space، Gulf Business News reported.
It was launched shortly after 8am on Monday on board the H-IIA rocket from the Tanegashima Space Centre in Japan. A team from the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre was at the launch site، while others watched the event live in Dubai.
KhalifaSat، an earth observation satellite، will join the UAE’s two imaging satellites already in orbit – DubaiSat-1 and DubaiSat-2.
The satellite was designed، tested، built and managed by Emirati engineers at the MBRSC’s Advanced Technology Laboratories، making it the first satellite to be developed in the facility.
It will be used to provide images of earth for practical applications in disaster relief management، urban planning and environmental protection، among other uses. To mark the occasion، a special screening was also played on the facade of the Burj Khalifa on Sunday evening.
The development of KhalifaSat began after UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid launched the KhalifaSat project in December 2013.