UAE to build new satellite named MBZ-Sat

UAE to build new satellite named MBZ-Sat
An engineer wearing a logo of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), walks toward a KhalifaSat model, in the Gulf emirate of Dubai on July 5, 2020. (File/AFP)
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Updated 28 October 2020

UAE to build new satellite named MBZ-Sat

UAE to build new satellite named MBZ-Sat

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates announced plans on Friday that it will build a new satellite named MBZ-Sat.

The new satellite is named after the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

 

Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum said an Emirati team will build the satellite, using the latest technology in the region.

The satellite will be used for civilian and commercial purposes, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said.

MBZ-Sat - which is part of the UAE satellite program and nation space program - will aim to meet the increasing demand for space data, Senior Director at Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation, Amer Al-Sayegh said during a press briefing. 

Production of the satellite is expected to be completed in 2023, according to Sayegh.

The UAE is currently in talks with possible partners for the launch of the satellite, he added. 

The satellite is expected to have a life cycle of five to seven years.


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