UAE leader praises homegrown satellite


KhalifaSat, a satellite designed and built by Emiratis made the rulers of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) proud after its launching into orbit on Monday.

“KhalifaSat is a source of pride and glory for our country; it is the culmination of well-thought-out programmes set and developed by our wise leadership who directed our young people in their pursuit of knowledge and excellence,” said Sheikh Abdullah bin Salem bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, after the launch, according to WAM.

“We extend our congratulations to our wise leadership and to the people of our country on this great occasion, which reflects the great scientific development the UAE is witnessing. This occasion draws new lines in our march towards science, progress and development, a journey that we have all worked on in accordance with a far-sighted vision that illuminates the path and eases the impossible, enhances confidence and supports knowledge and progress,” Sheikh Sultan added.

The KhalifaSat lifted off into space from Tanegashima Space Centre in Japan on board an H2-A rocket at 8:08 a.m. UAE time. The Earth observation satellite reached the desired orbit at 8:25 a.m.

Weighing some 330 kilograms, two meters tall and less than 1.5 meters wide, KhalifaSat was designed, tested and manufactured by a team of 70 young Emirati engineers and scientists at the UAE’s Space Technology Laboratories of Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center.

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