Dubai: The UAE's first earth observation satellite blasted into space as per schedule from the Baikonur space centre in Kazakhstan on Wednesday evening, according to the Interfax news agency.
“Six satellites, namely the DubaiSat-1, Deimos 1, UK-DMC 2, Nanosat 1B, AprizeSat 3, AprizeSat 4 were put in orbit by the Russian launcher Dnepr,'' Russian military spokesman Alexander Vovk said.
The 111-foot-tall booster, a converted ballistic missile now used for satellite launches, shot out of the underground silo in Kazakhstan at 1846 GMT (10.46pm UAE time), media reported. After reaching the surface, the Dnepr fired its first stage engines to propel the rocket toward space.
DubaiSat-1, the UAE's first dedicated 'eye in the sky', will orbit 680km above the earth with an orbital speed of 27,000 km per hour.
The project, run by the Emirates Institute for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST), cost almost $50 million (Dh184 million) and the satellite has a minimum lifespan of five years.
Ahmad Obaid Al Mansouri, director-general of EIAST, said earlier: "Developing a core team of UAE scientists and experts was the most definitive outcome of a strategy that is geared to support mature, knowledge-based development. Developing a base of UAE scientists and engineers is a crucial first step in becoming a regional and global leader in the fields of advanced science and technology."
DubaiSat-1 was built in collaboration with the South Korea-based Satrec initiative and with the help of EAIST engineers. Its development team is already working on final designs for DubaiSat-2 as well as continuing with plans to create the country's first constellation of satellites.
DubaiSat-1 is the first remote-sensing satellite wholly-owned by a UAE entity. It aims to meet the needs of the UAE and Dubai in acquiring the technology of satellites and the continuous need for spatial information and earth observation data needs of the country.
The satellite carries an optical imaging camera with a black-and-white resolution of about 8.2 feet and a colour sharpness of 16.4 feet, according to EIAST.
DubaiSat 1 imagery will be used for urban development, scientific research, telecommunications, transportation, construction and mapping applications, according to the institute.
Scientists will use the data for fog forecasts, predicting sand storms, water quality research and engineering tests, officials said.
The launch was originally scheduled for last Saturday but it was delayed to allow for additional safety and security testing. Al Mansouri said: "Delays in launching procedures are not unusual and happen frequently as it is linked to the results of the final tests undertaken by the team of scientists and experts to ensure accomplishing the process in the smoothest way possible."
Five other satellites also blasted into space on Wednesday with DubaiSat-1.
These include Spain's Nanosta 1B, which will be used for experiments in nanotechnology; Britain's Deimos-1 and UK-DMC 2, which are part of a constellation of satellites to be used for disaster monitoring; and Spain's Deimos, which will be used for agricultural and environmental research.
It is really amazing news for all uae residents and congartulating all the hands behind this brilliant effort.
Posted: July 30, 2009, 17:52
HATS OFF TO THE TEAM BEHIND THIS MISSION.CONGRATS TO UAE NATIONALS.AMAZING ACHIEVEMENT
Posted: July 30, 2009, 17:28
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE PEOPLE OF UAE AND THEIR LEADERS. GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF YOU
Posted: July 30, 2009, 16:45
"congratulations. it is a wonderful achievement!"
Posted: July 30, 2009, 15:52
I am a Kazakhstani national. Well done Emirates!!! Is there any way to get now Kazakhstan TV channel using DubaiSat-1 from Dubai?
Posted: July 30, 2009, 15:44
Congrats to UAE that its name is finally in the list of the countries capable of making satellites...
Posted: July 30, 2009, 15:25
I am glad,finally my country found a supreme development of satelite technology,and run by own institution Emirates Advance Technolgy (EIAST)
Awadh A.S Al Ameri
Posted: July 30, 2009, 15:04
its good to have your own launcher base UAE shud take initiatives to make "ARAB satelite launcher"
Posted: July 30, 2009, 14:55
Congratulation to UAE nationals
Posted: July 30, 2009, 14:27
Very Good. Very well done. There is to much to do in this area.
Posted: July 30, 2009, 14:20
Congratulations for achieving the target, indeed we Islamic countries needs more advancement in the field of technology.
Posted: July 30, 2009, 13:57
congratulations, and best wishes for future launches. ISRO has the high potential like western countries. they could be dedicated and cost effective. good wishes for ISRO too
Posted: July 30, 2009, 13:45
It is very good when muslims countries advance in technology
this is the true teachings of our beloved Prophet
Chucr and congratulations UAE
Posted: July 30, 2009, 13:31
YES !!! VEry Good... Really its a GREAT- GREAT STEP TOWARDS THE DEVELOPMENT OF UAE.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FULL TEAM !!!!!
KEEP IT UP !!!!
Posted: July 30, 2009, 12:52
Posted: July 30, 2009, 12:38
Congratulation to all UAE nations for the perfect achievement and from all the Egyptian living here in UAE well done and UAE to the top more
Posted: July 30, 2009, 12:13
woooow.. thats great news.. Congratulations UAE... Looks like after biggest, highest, largest now focused on sky.. congrats all the UAE scientists inshallah you will achieve more success in future.
Posted: July 30, 2009, 12:05
Its good to see the entry of UAE into the Space age and proud to have our very own satellite orbiting the earth. Congratualations for put a mark in Space.
All the best for the future.
Posted: July 30, 2009, 11:46
heartly congratulations to his highness Shaikh Mohammad for this achivement. without him this cannot be succeed.
Qutub Al Deen
Posted: July 30, 2009, 11:45
Posted: July 30, 2009, 10:27
Congratulations! Good achievements are our wishes to you for Regional Development!
Butembo,Democratic Republic of The Congo
Posted: July 30, 2009, 10:12
uae name now in space.... wow. congratulations for new achievement.
Posted: July 30, 2009, 10:12
It is nice to hear. Islamic countries need more development in the technology.
We ourself develop the technologies as reduce rely on other to avoid threat
Jahabar Sathik Hakeem
Posted: July 30, 2009, 09:50
Congrats dear scientists of UAE! It is time for UAE to show the world its educational and Research developments.
Posted: July 30, 2009, 09:39
select ISRO ( indian space research organisation) for sattellite launching. that is cheap and best
RAJESH KUMAAR PACHEERI
Ras Al Khaiamah,UAE
Posted: July 30, 2009, 09:38