New satellite to upgrade remote sensing capability

Updated 21 January 2016
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New satellite to upgrade remote sensing capability

RIYADH: The International Conference on Remote Sensing concluded in Riyadh on Wednesday and the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), which sponsored the event, announced plans to launch a new satellite in cooperation with China which will upgrade its remote sensing facilities and services in the Kingdom.
Badr Al-Swaidan from the Institute of Space and Aviation Research of KACST said the city had completed preparation for the components of the Saudi satellite (Saudi SAT 5B) which is locally made. It will be launched by the Chinese space rocket (Long March 2D) to support remote sensing services in the Kingdom.
The project is within the framework of cooperation between the Kingdom and China in scientific fields which also includes the establishment of a genetic studies project.
He pointed out that KACST would work in cooperation with the Chinese navigation satellite on scientific studies to develop reception systems and the use of the Chinese navigation satellite system (similar to BeiDou Satellite Navigation System) and GPS. The systems will work efficiently in the Kingdom because of joint research which includes system monitoring and performance evaluation systems and integration.
According to an official from the organizing committee of the International Conference on Remote Sensing, there were more than 800 local and international delegates from different parts of the world.
“The conference, with a concurrent exhibition, was held under the patronage of the Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and was a big attraction for those interested in space technology,” he said.
The three-day event was co-sponsored by Saudi Aramco and other companies in the country. More than 30 national and global companies took part in the exhibition which ran concurrently with the three-day conference.
During the four-day conference, some 44 scientific papers were presented by local and international delegates.
A number of Saudi youths who have graduated in space technology in various Saudi universities displayed their achievements in various pavilions at the exhibition.
Anas Khalil Dahlawi from Falconviz, a company displaying services such as aerial mapping and aerial videography at the exhibition told Arab News that they had a drone mini-plane manufactured locally to take 3D aerial surveying.


Saudi, Russian officials sign MoU to confront crime, protect human rights

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Saudi, Russian officials sign MoU to confront crime, protect human rights

  • The two sides agreed that the MoU shall be the basis for cooperation

MOSCOW: Saudi Attorney General Sheikh Saud bin Abdullah Al-Mua’jab and his Russian counterpart Yury Chaika held talks in Moscow on Wednesday on a number of issues of mutual interest.
The two sides signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on coordination between Saudi Public Prosecution and Russian Public Prosecution in combating crime and its organized forms, terrorism, corruption, protecting human rights and legitimate freedoms.
The two sides agreed that the MoU shall be the basis for cooperation, based on the principle of equality and mutual respect and in accordance with the laws and regulations prevailing in both countries.
They also agreed on holding joint meetings, consultations, conferences, seminars and discussions, in addition to conducting research to ensure proper exchange of experiences and information related to major issues.
Al-Mua’jab thanked the Russian Public Prosecution for the warm welcome and stressed the historical dimension of Saudi-Russian relations.
“This MoU sheds light on the constantly developing Saudi-Russia relations. It comes in line with the Kingdom’s 2030 Vision, which seeks to promote the Kingdom on all levels, particularly its justice system,” he said.
Chaika stressed the importance of the Saudi crown prince’s visit to Moscow in 2017 and the follow-up trips he made to Russia for the positive impact they have had on Saudi-Russian relations.
He also highlighted the already strong relationship the countries have and the similarities of their approaches when dealing with international issues.