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.


Iran will not wage war against any nation: Iranian president Hassan Rouhani

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Iran will not wage war against any nation: Iranian president Hassan Rouhani

  • Fears of a confrontation between Iran and the United States have mounted
  • ‘Those facing us are a group of politicians with little experience’

GENEVA: Iran will not wage war against any nation, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday in a speech broadcast live on state TV.
Fears of a confrontation between Iran and the United States have mounted since attacks on two oil tankers at the entrance to the Gulf on Thursday, which Washington has blamed on Tehran.
“Iran will not wage war against any nation,” Rouhani said. “Those facing us are a group of politicians with little experience.”