DubaiSat 2 to take off on Nov 21
Dubai, November 13, 2013
The Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST) is set to send DubaiSat-2 into space on November 21 from the Yasny launch base in Russia.
Dubai’s second satellite will be deployed using the Russian Dnepr rocket launcher in cooperation with the Russian International Space Company (Kozmotras).
EIAST is a strategic initiative to inspire scientific innovation and technological advancement in the UAE.
“EIAST is committed to influencing a comprehensive scientific renaissance in the UAE and be a key player in disseminating information, building capacity, and improving research and development in the fields of outer space technology, satellite manufacturing, space imaging, ground station services, and satellite support,” said Yousuf Al Shaibani, director general, EIAST.
“The successful conclusion of a series of tests on DubaiSat 2 reflects the experience and dedication of the UAE engineers working on this project. The team includes 16 Emirati engineers working in collaboration with our strategic partner from South Korea, Satrec Initiative. The main objective of launching DubaiSat 2 is to provide various stakeholders with accurate information and images primarily for peaceful rather than commercial purposes, including disaster and crisis management, urban planning, and scientific research.”
The satellite was recently transported from South Korea to Russia under the supervision of EIAST engineers in preparation for its launch after it underwent a series of tests. – TradeArabia News Service