DubaiSat-1 'a huge leap' for UAE future

31/07/2009 - Dubai Investment News
DubaiSat-1 'a huge leap' for UAE future

The Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST) has revealed that DubaiSat-1 is on course to become fully operational after a successful launch.

Engineers and scientists said calibration of the UAE's first remote sensing satellite is underway after it achieved optimal position in orbit around the earth.

His Excellency Ahmed Al Mansoori, director general of the EIAST, said the launch marks "a huge leap" for the country's future aspirations.

"DubaiSat-1 is a stepping stone in the UAE's attempt to create a sound infrastructure that enables the collection of space and earth observation data to power the comprehensive development of our nation," he commented.

He added that the successful launch is a product of the country's "visionary leadership" and commitment to technological development.

The satellite, which launched on July 29th, features the UAE flag emblazoned on its side - the first time the emblem has been since in outer space.

Last month, it emerged that UAE engineers are already working on an advanced version of the satellite, called the DubaiSat-2, which is aimed at delivering an enhanced quality of data.ADNFCR-2019-ID-19291871-ADNFCR