It promises to be a huge moment of pride for the nation as a nano-satellite, MYSAT-1, that was designed by a team of about 20 students at the Khalifa University of Science and Technology, is all set to be launched into space by this November. The satellite is a result of the hard work and dedication put in by the team of students who have been at work on the project since 2015. The liftoff is expected to take place at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS).
This satellite is the first of its kind to be built at the Yahsat Space Lab in Masdar City, a fruition of the collaborative efforts between Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems and Al Yahsat Satellite Communications Company and Orbital ATK. The design weighs about 1.3 Kg and has been worked upon by the students who are working toward the Master’s degree in Engineering at the Space Systems and Technology. The satellite promises to play a major part in advancing educational and research motives.
The concept and eventual design of the satellite is in-line with the future space objectives of the UAE. With UAE’s first astronaut set to go into space by the turn of the decade, research and advances made in space technology are highly encouraged.