Dubai's new satellite fully operational
Dubai, April 15, 2014
DubaiSat-2, the emirate's newest satellite, became operational after completing its in-orbit commissioning, said a report.
Launched in November last year, the satellite, which helps produce high-resolution earth-mapping imagery, has undergone the Launch and Early Operations Phase (LEOP) over the last four months, reported the Gulf News, citing the Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST).
The initial phase requires testing for the satellite to verify and validate the operation of the system and subsystem level electronics of the spacecraft and how they function under the harsh space environment, the report stated.
Once the satellite is in stable operation the next phase is calibration and validation of the telescope and sensors, these tests are the final steps before the satellite can be declared fully operational and they are dedicated to ensure the data derived from the satellite are at their highest in terms of quality and accuracy, it added.
"The successful conclusion of the commissioning and in-orbit operation of DubaiSat-2, which is the final phase of the project has reaffirmed the UAE’s leading position on the regional aerospace map," the report cited Yousuf Al Shaibani, the director general of EIAST, as saying.
DubaiSat-2 has also passed the tests conducted by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) recently in collaboration with the EIAST, on the satellite’s Propulsion System, in addition to the other examinations ordered to ensure its safety and readiness, he added.-TradeArabia News Service