Global agencies to study Saudi satellite

Updated 17 March 2014

Global agencies to study Saudi satellite

The King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) has signed an agreement with four global space agencies to conduct scientific experiments on Saudi SAT-4 satellite.
The accord was signed by Prince Turki bin Saud, KACST vice president for Research Institutes, with officials from NASA, the German Space Agency, Stanford University in the US and the Zarm (Drop-Tower Bremen) Center of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity.
The agreement was signed on the sidelines of the recently concluded workshop entitled “Search variation in the space of time and place,” which was organized by KACST in collaboration with the signing organizations.
“Saudi SAT-4 is to be launched during the summer,” said Badr Alsuwaidan of the National Satellite Program at KACST. “The satellite will be utilized for remote sensing and telecommunications.”
Saudi Arabia has launched 12 satellites so far. Two of them were sent up in 2000 and operated until September 2003, after which the SaudiSat was launched, which is still operational and serves communication facilities.
“Two Saudi satellites were successfully launched in 2004 and 2005, followed by six satellites in 2006 and 2007 that are still working around the clock and that have been sending detailed photos,” said Alsuwaidan.
“These satellites focus on outer space research, which benefits many public and private agencies.”
“Saudi Arabia has been making large strides in space science. Its programs cover applied satellite technology and services,” Prince Turki said.
KACST maintains close ties with NASA, Stanford University and space scientist Charles Everette in developing space technology.
There are currently five agreements with the US, India and Russia that have been approved by the Saudi Council of Ministers.
“Prince Sultan bin Salman’s space trip 27 years ago has, in fact, been the inspiration for Saudis to achieve greater accomplishments in the field of space science,” an official from KACST said.
He said that NASA has signed 4,000 agreements with 140 countries and that 36 scientists in 15 countries have participated in its space trips.
NASA, he said, has been monitoring and capturing images of climate change taking place around the world, including countries in the Gulf and the Middle East.


Saudi Arabia’s Al-Jubeir meets senior French officials, tours Al-Ula exhibition

Updated 22 October 2019

Saudi Arabia’s Al-Jubeir meets senior French officials, tours Al-Ula exhibition

  • Al-Jubeir met with French Minister of Foreign Affairs during his official visit
  • He also visited the exhibition the Al-Ula exhibition in Paris

LONDON: Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir met with French Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian at the French Foreign Ministry in Paris on Tuesday.
Al-Jubeir was visiting Paris on an official visit.
During the meeting, they discussed bilateral relations and ways of enhancing them.
The two sides also reviewed the latest developments at the regional and international levels and efforts exerted to achieve world peace and security.
Al-Jubeir toured the French Parliament during his official visit to the French Republic and met with the President of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the French Parliament Marel de Sarniz, where they reviewed issues of common interest, in addition to areas of cooperation between the two countries.
Al-Jubeir also visited the exhibition “Al-Ula, Oasis of Wonderland in the Arabian Peninsula”, hosted by the Arab World Institute in Paris.
He toured the exhibition and was briefed on the rare artifacts that are considered one of the masterpieces of archaeology and cultural heritage from the Al-Ula region in Saudi Arabia, which is part of the Kingdom’s ambitions to open up to the world.