Dubai: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) on Wednesday said its nanosatellite DEWA-SAT2 would be launched on Friday (April 14), after bad weather delayed the launch on Wednesday, April 12.
In a statement, the utility said the nanosatellite will be launched at 10.30am on Friday by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, USA.
DEWA has called on the public to watch the livestreaming of the launch from the US.
The authority said the nanosatellite launch had been originally scheduled for liftoff on April 11, but was moved to April 12, before it was again rescheduled to April 14 due to unfavourable weather conditions.
DEWA SAT-2 nanosatellite was designed and developed at DEWA’s Research and Development Centre at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, in cooperation with NanoAvionics in Lithuania. DEWA-SAT2 features a high-resolution camera (4.7 meters) that will be used for Earth observation missions.
The high-resolution camera provides continuous line-scan imaging in seven spectral bands from approximately 500km orbit.
DEWA said the new satellite is also equipped with Infrared equipment to measure greenhouse gases.
It will improve the efficiency of DEWA’s generation, transmission, and distribution divisions by monitoring solar power plants and enhancing the accuracy of generation predictions.
This will be achieved through forecasting of weather patterns, seawater temperature and salinity, as well as monitoring of electricity transmission lines.
Additionally, the satellite will aid in detecting water leaks and identifying any changes in the infrastructure, further optimising DEWA’s operations.
Boosting solar park's efficiency
DEWA is the first utility in the world to launch nanosatellites to improve its planning, operation, and maintenance activities.
Using satellite network communication, IoT and Artificial Intelligence contributes to improving the efficiency of photovoltaic solar panels at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site solar park in the world, using the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model.
Live streaming of the launch can be watched on DEWA’s website or SpaceX YouTube channel.