KhalifaSat, UAE’s first Emirati-built satellite, launches from Japan

KhalifaSat is set to spend five years in ‘Low Earth Orbit’ before descending to Dubai’s Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center. (Screengrab)
Updated 06 November 2018
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KhalifaSat, UAE’s first Emirati-built satellite, launches from Japan

  • KhalifaSat is set to spend five years in ‘Low Earth Orbit’ before descending to Dubai’s Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center
  • UAE had previously sent two satellites into orbit, the DubaiSat-1 and DubaiSat-2, but KhalifaSat is the first to be fully locally built

DUBAI: UAE’s first fully Emirati-built satellite has launched successfully from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Center early Monday morning.

UAE had previously sent two satellites into orbit, the DubaiSat-1 and DubaiSat-2, but KhalifaSat is the first to be fully locally built.

With construction beginning in 2013, the satellite took five years to be completed following an announcement by UAE’s Vice President and Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

KhalifaSat is set to spend five years in ‘Low Earth Orbit’ before descending to Dubai’s Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center.


Israeli tank, aircraft hit Gaza after cross-border shots: army

Updated 19 April 2019
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Israeli tank, aircraft hit Gaza after cross-border shots: army

JERUSALEM: Israel on Friday struck Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip with tank and aircraft fire after shots were fired at troops on the Israeli side of the border, the army said.
“No injuries to soldiers were reported,” it said in a statement.
Palestinian security sources in Hamas-ruled Gaza told AFP that the Israeli fire hit Hamas military observation posts at three locations along the frontier.
They said there were no reports of Palestinian casualties.
Palestinians in Gaza have for more than a year gathered at least weekly along the border for often-violent protests, calling on Israel to end its blockade of the enclave.
The Israeli statement did not say if there were mass protests taking place at the time of Friday’s incident.
At least 264 Palestinians in Gaza have been killed by Israeli forces since the protests began.
The majority were killed during clashes, with others hit by tank fire or air strikes.
Two Israeli soldiers have been killed over the same period.