In a new milestone for the space aspirations of the Arab world, it has been announced that around 11 Arab countries will be pooling in their engineers to work on developing a new satellite that will be christened 813 and is estimated to have a polar orbit of 600 kms.
The engineers are expected to develop the satellite at the National Space Science and Technology Centre at UAE University in Al Ain, as announced in a statement by the UAE Space Agency on Thursday .
His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, said that the launch of the satellite will be a gift warmly given by the UAE to the Arab fraternity. Funding for the ambitious project has been undertaken by the UAE Space Agency.
The countries participating in the project are the UAE, Jordan, Bahrain, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Lebanon, Kuwait, Morocco and Egypt. The UAE has been designated as the lead nation as unanimously voted by the member nations.