On the heels of the launch of the UAE’s indigenously built KhalifaSat, yet another satellite is being prepared for launching into space. The MYSAT-1 is being designed by students of the UAE and is scheduled to be launched next month.
This is yet another milestone for the country’s space aspirations after the successful launch of KhalifaSat on October 29. The KhalifaSat which was launched from Japan is an advanced Earth observation satellite and took a high-resolution image of the Palm Jumeirah recently.
The new satellite MYSAT-1 has been crafted by 20 enterprising students from the Khalifa University in collaboration with Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and the Al Yahsat Satellite Communications Company. Though the satellite is being designed to cater to educational purposes it will also retain the capability to take pictures of earth. It weighs 1.3 kg and was put together at the Yahsat Space Lab in Masdar City.
The satellite is scheduled for launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in Virginia and will be integrated on board the Cygnus NG-10 flight to the International Space Station.