Saudi satellite put into orbit

Updated 21 June 2014

Saudi satellite put into orbit

King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) announced Friday the successful launch of the 13th Saudi satellite (Saudi Sat-4) carried by the Russian-Ukrainian rocket named Dnepr.
KACST President Mohammed Al-Suwaiyel said in a press statement that Saudi Sat-4 would be used to conduct experiments using ultraviolet radiation in space. It was developed jointly by KACST and Stanford University.
The research involves photography and the collection of information needed by the Kingdom. It would help to produce lighter and less expensive satellites, he said.
Prince Turki bin Saud, vice president for research at the city, said the satellite was fully built by the city's National Center for Satellite Technology at the Institute of Space and Aeronautical Research, and is equipped with a powerful ultraviolet and light-emitting diode remote sensing device.
Saudi and other engineers worked for three years to build the satellite, the prince said.
The Dnepr rocket blasted off Russia’s Dombarovsky military air base Thursday evening into Earth’s orbit carrying over 33 satellites from 17 countries including the United States.
The Dnepr rocket was developed by the space agencies of Russia and Ukraine in cooperation with the Russian Ministry of Defense.


World’s first female spacewalking team makes history

Updated 18 October 2019

World’s first female spacewalking team makes history

  • NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir exited the International Space Station on Friday

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida: The world’s first female spacewalking team is making history high above Earth.
NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir exited the International Space Station on Friday, the first time in a half-century of spacewalking that a woman floated out without a male crewmate. Their job is to fix a broken part of the station’s solar power network.
America’s first female spacewalker from 35 years ago, Kathy Sullivan, is delighted. She says it’s good to finally have enough women in the astronaut corps and trained for spacewalking for this to happen.
NASA originally wanted to conduct an all-female spacewalk last spring, but did not have enough medium-size suits ready to go.

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