The UAE’s space ambitions took another giant leap with the launching of its very own MYSAT-1 CubeSat.
MYSAT-1, a miniature satellite developed by 20 students of Khalifa University of Science and Technology, propelled into space onboard the Northrop Grumman Cygnus spacecraft.
The launching, which took place at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, USA, was witnessed by select students and faculty members from Khalifa University.
The satellite will take position temporarily at the International Space Station (ISS) – the research laboratory hovering in low Earth orbit designed to conduct further testing on spacecraft systems.
The nanosatellite will be deployed further into space by early 2019 and will be used for educational and research purposes.
MYSAT-1 is fitted with a remote-sensing camera to take images of the UAE from space. It also features a lithium-ion battery built to withstand severe temperatures and radiation.