DubaiSat-2 successfully deployed in orbit

Dubai, Dec 6 : The Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST) has announced that the recently launched DubaiSat-2 earth observation satellite has successfully been deployed in its orbit and all systems have been tested successfully.

"The launch of DubaiSat-2 marks a milestone for EIAST. Our team has participated in the design and development of 50 percent of this mission and it has taken over five years of development. It is a very proud moment for us," Salem Al Marri, assistant director general for scientific and technical affairs, EIAST, said.

The first communication with DubaiSat-2 was established just over an hour after separation from the Dnepr rocket and the mission critical telescope successfully captured the first image just 24 hours after launch. The area captured was of Seer Bani Yas island in Abu Dhabi.

The satellite, which provides images with one metre resolution, is a joint effort between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and South Korea. It weighs 300 kg and is two metre in height and one metre wide.

DubaiSat-2 was launched into space from the Yasny Launch Base in Russia on board the Dnepr space launch vehicle Nov 21.

--IANS (Posted on 06-12-2013)

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