Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre is celebrating the sixth anniversary of DubaiSat by giving us some cool aerial shots of the city.
Check out this images of the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain as well as Jumeirah Emirates Towers from 682km above planet earth.
The occasion is so special as it marks the first step the UAE has taken in the satellite manufacturing sector.
All those years ago it launched from the Baikonur site in Kazakhstan, and is said to be currently performing with high accuracy. We can thank the satellite for helping to monitor various things such as climate change, weather, quality of water, the tide and urban planning.
‘Today marks six years since the launch of DubaiSat-1. It is a matter of patriotic pride for us that Emirati engineers participated in 30 percent of the building tasks when we were at the manufacturing stage, and that they have been fully responsible for its operations.,’ H.E. Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani, Director General, MBRSC said in a statement.
‘Today, six years after its launch, the satellite remains accurate and maintains regular operations to date. This is a proof of the capabilities of the UAE’s engineers and the ability of the Centre to leverage the latest research and information in advanced technology and transform it into a satellite, thereby empowering the credibility of the Emirates in space science.’
It’s not the only one we have launched either.
Two years ago the second satellite DubaiSat-2 was launched, and at the moment the United Arab Emirates is planning on sending off a third, named Khalifa Sat. The latter is ‘being built purely by Emirati engineering and expertise’.
'Since the successful launch of DubaiSat-1, MBRSC has proven its ability and advancement in space science and continues to strengthen the position of the UAE as a global leader in this science, via ambitious projects that create value for our country, the scientific community, and humanity,’ H.E. Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani continued.
‘Our mission has been to develop our local human capital in space science, and attain expertise in the field at the local, regional and international levels. Our agenda is directly in line with the UAE Vision 2021, which promotes a knowledge-based society and economy. It also aligns with the national strategy in innovation, aiming at making the UAE one of the most innovative countries in the world in space industry over the coming seven years.’