UAE’s first satellite ‘Nayif-1 Nanosatellite’ is all set to Launch
Nayif -1 , the UAE’s first Nanosatellite that was developed by Emirati engineering students, has successfully passed all stages and tests, and is now ready for launch into space aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Rocket, said a press release from MBRSC (Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre).
Students from the American University of Sharjah (AUS) under the supervision of a team of engineers and specialists from MBRSC has worked on this project. The partnership aims to provide hands-on experience to engineering students on satellite manufacturing.
“This achievement reflects the determination and commitment of MBRSC to develop Emirati talent specialised in satellite manufacturing and space science. Sustainable development deliverables and the post-oil phase require building specialised human capabilities, where entities and institutions have to launch programs specialised in the science and technology sectors to achieve educational goals in line with the UAE’s plans and strategies.”, said H.E. Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani, Director General of MBRSC.
The Project Manager of Nayif-1 at MBRSC, Mr. Ibrahim Al Qasim said, “Nayif-1 is characterised with a number of advanced features, most notably that it’s programmed to transfer messages in Arabic. It also contains an active control system – usually satellites with a unit size of 10x10x10 cm which are known as 1U Nanosatellites use a passive control system due to their limited size. The control system works accurately to determine the satellite’s position and direction in space in order to maintain its balance attitude during operations,” Al Qasim concluded.
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