Dubai: Sheikh Hamdan signs off on MBZ-SAT launch
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Dubai: Sheikh Hamdan signs off on MBZ-SAT launch

Dubai: Sheikh Hamdan signs off on MBZ-SAT launch

Set for launch no earlier than October, the launch of the MBZ-SAT marks a significant milestone for UAE’s space sector

Neesha Salian
Sheikh Hamdan signs off on MBZ-SAT launch

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, and President of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), officially signed off on the launch of the MBZ-SAT.

Set for launch no earlier than October this year, this approval marks a significant milestone for UAE’s space sector.

During a visit to the headquarters of MBRSC, Sheikh Hamdan was briefed on the latest developments and upcoming phases of the MBZ-SAT project, which represents the UAE’s most advanced satellite and a groundbreaking addition to the UAE Satellite Programme

Sheikh Hamdan was briefed on the satellite’s development, capabilities, and the strategic roadmap for its deployment.

Expressing his confidence in MBRSC’s capabilities to elevate the Arab region’s stature in the global space industry, Sheikh Hamdan underscored the transformative potential of the upcoming MBZ-SAT launch.

He stated, “We are on the brink of a transformative era in space exploration, and the upcoming launch of MBZ-SAT marks a pivotal moment that affirms the UAE’s growing influence as a significant global contributor to the field of space technology.”

Guided by the vision of the UAE’s leadership and bolstered by strategic partnerships, the UAE’s space sector is poised to extend its reach and enhance its capabilities further, Sheikh Hamdan noted.

He emphasised the commitment to advancing not only the nation’s capacity in space technology but also contributing valuable knowledge and insights for the benefit of the wider region and the international community.

MBZ-SAT is scheduled for launch on a SpaceX rocket

Following the successful development phase, the upcoming environmental testing of MBZ-SAT is crucial to ensuring its resilience and functionality in space’s harsh conditions.

Scheduled for launch on a SpaceX rocket, MBZ-SAT is poised to solidify the UAE’s position in the global space industry and underscore its dedication to advancing space science and technology.

MBZ-SAT, entirely developed by a team of Emirati engineers, plays a pivotal role in enhancing the sustainable space economy in the UAE.

Equipped with one of the region’s most powerful cameras, the satellite can capture high-resolution images with unprecedented clarity, positioning the UAE as a hub for high-tech space technology development and innovation.

Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, chairman of MBRSC, hailed the impending launch as a landmark moment for the UAE, showcasing the nation’s technological prowess and innovative spirit.

Salem Humaid AlMarri, director general of MBRSC, emphasised the project’s commitment to harnessing space science’s full potential to benefit humanity and support sustainable development on Earth.

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