Preparing Saudi Arabia To launch two new satellites completely designed and constructed in the Kingdom within a week, at a time when the Arab space race intensifies.
The Arab Gulf states are confirming their presence in the global space race, as the successful UAE mission to Mars shines in the midst of the cosmic achievements in the region.
More than three decades after the launch of the first Arab satellite, the countries of the Middle East are working to enhance their future in the galaxy by making their own spacecraft.
Showcasing its manufacturing capabilities, the UAE is on the way to launch its second MBZ-SAT satellite later this year.
The Shaheen Sat satellite – the most complex – was equipped with a high-resolution telescope to capture sharp images from Earth’s orbit, and it was also enabled through an intelligent identification mechanism that tracks ships to enhance maritime operations off the coast of the Kingdom.
The other moon is called CubeSat, and it is a small galactic instrument, and it weighs one kilogram, and students use it to better understand space exploration, and the satellite also contains a ground station to communicate with other satellites and the International Space Station.
Was developed Shaheen Sat By the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), while CubeSat was formed at King Saud University,
The satellite is supposed to be launched by the Russian Soyuz-2 missile from the Baikonur base in the Republic of Kazakhstan.
The Saudi Space Authority said: The Russian Soyuz-2 missile carries on board the two Saudi satellites Shaheen Sat and CubeSat, in addition to other satellites for a number of countries in the world, including Germany, Spain, Canada, Italy, Britain, Japan, South Korea and Brazil.
Space research is booming in the Middle East thanks to several launches in preparation, including ambitious efforts by Egypt.
The North African country is about to launch two communications satellites between 2021 and 2022, and has partnered with Germany on a project to manufacture its own satellite.
The UAE is also raising the stakes when it comes to smaller cosmic vehicles, since Dubai Municipality launched its own satellite to monitor pollution and tackle climate change.