UAE student-made satellite launches into space

UAE student-made satellite launches into space

Dubai - It was designed mainly for educational purposes.



By Sarwat Nasir

Published: Sat 17 Nov 2018, 12:23 PM

Last updated: Sun 18 Nov 2018, 3:53 PM

A nanosatellite built by the UAE students has lifted-off into the space successfully from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in Virginia.
MySat-1, a nanosatellite developed by Khalifa University students, launched at 1.02pm on November 17, UAE-time, onboard the Cygnus NG-10 flight to the International Space Station. The initial launch was set for November 15, however, it was delayed for two days due to unsuitable weather in Virginia. Rocket separated successfully at 1.06pm and the spacecraft inserted itself into orbit successfully at 1.11pm. It will reach the International Space Station in two days.
It was designed mainly for educational purposes, though, the nanosatellite has been built with two payloads, including a camera for Earth observation and a battery developed at Masdar Institute.
 This is the second space object built by the UAE to launch into space in the past month. The country's first 100 per cent Emirati-made satellite, KhalifaSat, is currently orbiting Earth and was sent to space on October 29 from Japan's Tanegashima Space Centre.
MySat-1 was developed at the YahSat Space Lab in Abu Dhabi and a company called, Northrop Grumman, is launching the nanosatellite into space. It's launching from the company's Cygnus spacecraft and will deliver science experiments and essential supplies to the crew on board the International Space Station. It has 700kgs of cargo inside.
sarwat@khaleejtimes.com


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