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KhalifaSat final design completion revealed
January 07, 2016
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DUBAI: The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre has announced the final design completion of the engineering model of KhalifaSat, in addition to the software and systems within the satellite (critical design review).

The significance of this achievement is that it is the penultimate step prior to the manufacturing of the Flight Model of KhalifaSat, scheduled for launch in 2018 on MHI’s H-IIA launch vehicle, which is owned by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. In addition to the Flight Model of KhalifaSat, Emirati engineers will commence development of the ground station programmes that will manage all post launch communications with the satellite.

 Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani, Director General, MBRSC, said that “the completion of the final design of the engineering model by the KhalifaSat team is a major milestone, not only in developing this satellite; it is an achievement for the entire satellite manufacturing sector in the UAE. The success of Emirati engineers in leading and executing this project is a testament to the skills they gained from the previous two projects, especially since KhalifaSat is the first practical step in manufacturing an Emirati satellite built by Emirati expertise in Space Technology Laboratories in Dubai.”

Al Shaibani also said that “under the support and guidance of our wise leadership and access to the right resources, the satellite manufacturing sector continues to grow in the UAE in line with the highest world-class standards and practices to enhance levels of production and competiveness. All these efforts culminated in the realisation of the sectors’ strategic goals and future vision to play an active part in the enhancement of a sustainable local economy, building advanced scientific abilities and a world-class infrastructure to achieve a unique and leading position stemming from our leadership’s vision.”

“Under the leadership and direction of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of the MBRSC and General Supervisor of all the Centre’s projects, strategic and development plans, we are confident that MBRSC is taking definitive steps towards laying strong foundations to enhance the UAE space sector’s competitiveness on regional and global levels, in a manner that accelerates Dubai and the UAE’s leading position in the space industry.”

The team presented all the designs to MBRSC’s Internal Review Board, comprised of systems engineers, managers and consultants, who discussed all the aspects and details related to the final design of the engineering model of KhalifaSat and its systems.

Amer Al Sayegh, Director of the Space Systems Development Department at MBRSC and KhalifaSat Project Manager, said that the KhalifaSat team, comprising 68 Emirati engineers, made great efforts throughout the stages of developing the model and that “we arrived at this advanced stage of development after over a year of collective efforts in designing the satellite’s different modules and sub-systems, as well as the prototype mechanical unit and completion of various system and design tests. The coming stage is very dependent upon what has been achieved so far”.


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