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.


Crown prince award ‘will build Saudi-Sino cultural bridges’

Updated 22 February 2019
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Crown prince award ‘will build Saudi-Sino cultural bridges’

ARAB NEWS BEIJING: Leading academics and literary talents from Saudi Arabia and China will be honored under an award scheme sponsored by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan announced the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Award for Cultural Cooperation between the Kingdom and China during a visit to King Abdul Aziz Public Library at Peking University in Beijing on Thursday.
The announcement was made on the eve of the Saudi crown prince’s visit to China, the latest stop on an Asian tour.
The cultural cooperation award will honor leading academics, translators and high-achievers from the Kingdom and China in the categories: Best scientific research in Arabic, best artistic work, best Chinese-Arabic book translation and vice versa, person of the year, and most influential person of the year in the cultural milieu.
Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan said: “This partnership is in the name of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and represents the common commitment to build cultural bridges between the two countries, developing cultural exchange, and promoting artistic and academic opportunities for our citizens.”
He said the yearly award will promote language, literature, and Arabic and creative arts in China, and encourage cultural exchange.
The Kingdom and China have a long history of cultural cooperation, including the annual Arabic Arts Festival.
The King Abdul Aziz Public Library at Peking University was inaugurated in 2017 during King Salman’s official visit to China, where he received an honorary doctorate degree.