Congratulations UAE! It’s a historic moment for the nation, marking the launch of UAE’s first Emirati-made satellite, KhalifaSat.
First ever Emirati-made satellite
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Space Centre (MBRSC) is the organisation behind manufacturing KhalifaSat. It’s the first satellite to be fully developed by Emiratis, involving 70 astronauts and engineers. Bearing the name of the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, KhalifaSat can travel at a speed of 7 km/s and can orbit the Earth almost 14 and a half cycles daily.
KhalifaSat launched from Japan
KhalifaSat launched from the Tanegashima Space Centre, Japan aboard the H-IIA rocket at 8:08 am. 86 minutes later, the satellite entered a low orbit Earth and made contact with the ground station at MBRSC. Dubai’s Crown Prince, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum followed the first contact made by astronauts in the satellite.
Historic landmark for the UAE
KhalifaSat’s launch followed a series of praise by UAE Royals and the senior officials at MBRSC. Sheikh Hamdan described KhalifaSat a “significant national achievement,” saying “This project has been 100% developed by Emiratis. The UAE is a key partner in the global efforts to make the world a happier and better place through scientific advances. We thank the team that launched KhalifaSat and encourage them to work harder to bring more achievements to this great nation.”