Two Saudi-designed satellites launch into space

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The satellites, known as Sat 5a and Saudi Sat 5b, were launched from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. (SPA)
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The two earth-observation satellites were developed by the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology. (SPA)
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The two earth-observation satellites were developed by the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology. (SPA)
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The two earth-observation satellites were developed by the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology. (SPA)
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The two earth-observation satellites were developed by the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology. (SPA)
Updated 08 December 2018
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Two Saudi-designed satellites launch into space

  • The earth-observation satellites were developed by the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology
  • The satellites will be used to provide high-resolution images of the planet’s surface from low earth orbits

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia launched two Saudi-designed satellites into space for aerial surveying on Friday morning from China.

The two earth-observation satellites that were developed by the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) were launched from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.

The satellites, known as Sat 5a and Saudi Sat 5b, join the second generation of Saudi Arabia’s high-accuracy remote-sensing satellites.

The satellites will be used to provide high-resolution images of the planet’s surface from low earth orbits, help with urban planning, monitor movements and changes on the earth’s surface, and provide government agencies with services, in particular, high-resolution images.

KACST has so far launched 13 satellites, has collaborated with China in the Chang’e 4 mission to explore the far side of the moon; provided advanced services for remote-sensing systems; and has participated in the launch of an advanced system for maritime monitoring and tracking with satellite data, which includes daily coverage of 30,000 vessels across the world.

The launch of the two new satellites is in line with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, which aims to nationalize strategic technologies in Saudi Arabia, maximize local content, and empower Saudi youth to develop advanced technologies in the field of satellite development and construction.


King Salman launches restoration program for Tarif historical district

Updated 10 December 2018
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King Salman launches restoration program for Tarif historical district

JEDDAH: King Salman patronized on Sunday the inaugural ceremony for the restoration of the Tarif historical district in the presence of leaders, presidents, and delegations from Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.

The program aims at the development of the ancient historical city so as to transform it into an international tourist and cultural hub. It also aims to list it among the world heritage sites.

In a speech delivered during this ceremony, Prince Faisal bin Bandar, Governor of Riyadh region, thanked King Salman for his support of the program, which coincides with the fourth anniversary of the king’s ascension to the throne.