UAE satellite in final tests before launch

The country’s space projects are starting to come to fruition

UAE satellite in final tests before launch

The past twelve months have been packed full of space and astronomy developments in the UAE, and the final stages of a major project are nearing completion.

One of the first UAE satellites to be launched into space is in the final stages of testing, and it has been announced that the UAE Space Agency will be looking to send the nanosatellite into the orbit by the end of this year.

The American University of Ras Al Khamiah and the Khalifa University have been collaborating with the UAE Space Centre to develop the satellite which will conduct an array of tests during its orbit, to communicate various pieces of data to the ground.

"The progress of the MeznSat is that it is in the testing phase,” said Basel Altawil, a mechanical engineering student at AURAK, according to Khaleej Times. “We did the critical design last month and, right now, we are doing the thermal and vibration testing, which is the last step of testing before launching".

We also know that the first Emirati astronaut will soon be making his mission to the International Space Station. Hazzaa Al Mansoori will embark on his eight-day mission in September.

Plus, a number of rockets were launched into space from UAE school students at the start of the month.

It looks like the sky’s no longer the limit for many of the country’s space projects and ambitions.

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