DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates’ first satellite has made its final stop en route to space.

Photo showing ‘KhalifaSat’transported to Emirates Airlines SkyCargo terminal in Dubai, Feb 15, 2018 (WAM)
Updated 16 February 2018
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DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates’ first satellite has made its final stop en route to space.

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates’ first satellite has made its final stop en route to space.

The KhalifaSat observational satellite was flown to South Korea on a converted Emirates Boeing 777 cargo plane on Thursday and is being readied for launch later this year.

The first UAE-designed, manufactured and assembled satellite will produce images of Earth for scientific research and high-tech development.

The project was launched in 2013 by HH Sheikh Mohamed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, UAE prime minister and ruler of Dubai.

Salem Al-Marri, deputy head of the Mohamed Bin Rashid Space Center in Dubai, said: “Today we are preparing to launch KhalifaSat into orbit. Emirates SkyCargo worked for three months to ensure the satellite was transported safely, ensuring its high-tech and fragile components were preserved during the journey.”

Staff at Emirates’ cargo division underwent months of training in preparation for KhalifaSat’s flight to South Korea.


SpaceX to announce private moon flight passenger

Big Falcon Rocket will transport the person to the moon. (SpaceX/Reuters)
Updated 17 September 2018
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SpaceX to announce private moon flight passenger

  • The person will fly to the moon aboard a new rocket called the BFR, which is still in development
  • SpaceX has said it will also reveal why the person is going

HAWTHORNE, California: SpaceX is on the verge of announcing the name of person who would be the first private passenger on a trip around the moon.
The identity of the traveler will be released at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, during an event Monday evening.
Entrepreneur Elon Musk’s space launch company said last week that the person will fly to the moon aboard a new rocket called the BFR, which is still in development.
SpaceX has said it will also reveal why the person is going.
No guidance has been given on when the moon flight could happen.
The average distance from Earth to the moon is about 237,685 miles (382,500 kilometers).
No one has been there since an Apollo mission in 1972.