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KhalifaSat consolidates leadership
By a Staff Reporter April 13, 2016
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DUBAI: Representatives from Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) have presented a keynote address entitled “Space for Man’s Happiness and Enriching Human Knowledge” at the International Conference for Future Governments. The conference, held at the 4th edition of Dubai International Government Achievements Exhibition (DIGAE), is organised by the Dubai Government Excellence Programme (DGEP) of the General Secretariat of the Executive Council of Dubai, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, from April 11-13. Presented by Engineer Omran Sharaf, Project Manager of the Emirates Mars Mission, and Amer Al Sayegh, Project Manager of KhalifaSat, the keynote showcases the objectives and services of the two hugely significant space projects in the UAE that are currently being developed at MBRSC – The Emirates Mars Mission and KhalifaSat. Sharaf and Al Sayegh highlighted the latest developments regarding the two projects.

The meeting began with a presentation by Al Sayegh, addressing the main objectives of KhalifaSat, which include Emiratisation of the development process of space systems. The foundations laid by KhalifaSat’s development will be an essential reference point for the space sector in the UAE, where the satellite is being manufactured. Al Sayegh said, “The satellite development process is one of the most complex and difficult technologies.”

Al Sayegh emphasised that KhalifaSat consolidates the leadership of Dubai Government and the UAE in developing advanced satellites, and has made the UAE one of the leading countries developing space systems. The project has also increased UAE investments in space and advanced industries.

Al Sayegh stated that KhalifaSat is the most advanced Arab satellite, with 0.7m high-resolution imaging, run by Emirati experts who develop and use the space systems, taking into account the international standards and laws. He added, “The KhalifaSat project provides proof that the UAE has succeeded in stepping into the advanced technology industry in a very short period of time–just 10 years. It has also served as a launching pad for building the first satellite technology laboratories in the country, of the highest world-class standards. As such, the country has opened the doors to national oganisations providing services to the space sector locally, regionally and globally.”

Al Sayegh stressed that KhalifaSat is a major turning point in the development of modern satellite systems. He said,”It will offer competitive services globally through advanced Emirati innovations such as providing satellite images efficiently, introducing specialised studies and analysis, expanding the country’s database of satellite images,while improving imagery quality and promoting high efficiency in imaging, storing and guiding systems.”

He also mentioned that KhalifaSat is one of the smallest satellites in the world that offers sub-meter high resolution imagery, and is equipped with the biggest camera developed in MBRSC. The satellite will be capable of covering the whole area of Dubai in just one pass, thanks to its advanced guiding system.

During the presentation, Al Sayegh highlighted the evolving plans and projects launched by MBRSC to serve the needs of the UAE, which have made the centre a regional leader in satellite services. He stated that KhalifaSat represents the peak of its achievements. The satellite has been fully manufactured and designed at MBRSC by highly capable Emirati hands. When in orbit, it will be managed by Emirati experts of programming, imaging, mechanical systems and electronics, in addition to the logistics, quality and project management teams.

“The centre launches advanced programmes for training and qualifying individuals, giving participants the ideal opportunity to excel in space science and technology and join MBRSC teams in 3-6 months, aiming to increase the number of specialised Emirati experts and adding a value to the sector,” Al Sayegh said.

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