UAE’s very first 100% Emirati-made Satellite “KhalifaSat” has lifted off into space
October 29, 2018
Being set to be the most advanced Earth observation satellite for the UAE, ‘Khalifasat‘ was officially launched a few hours ago UAE-time from Tanegashema Space Centre in Japan.
‘Khalifasat‘ was launched on the 29th of October at 8:08 AM UAE-time alongside Japan’s environment satellite ‘GoSat-2’, both satellites were onboard an H2-A Rocket.
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The launch was broadcast live from Japan on the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre‘s (MBRSC) website.
The top trending topic in the UAE’s Twitter is ‘Khalifasat‘ with over 2,500 tweets in English and over 15,000 Arabic tweets within a few hours of its launch.
Not just that, the MBRSC website that streamed the event crashed due to the huge amount of streamers that went on to witness this glorious moment and become a part of history.
‘Khalifasat‘ will be taking high-quality images which will be provided to the UAE government and any humanitarian cause-related party free of charge by the MBRSC and at a cost to international entities.
The satellite was developed with the help 70 Emirati engineers, 10 of them were there on-ground at the Japanese Tanegashema Space Centre to ensure a flawless launch.
First images taken by the satellite were sent in but haven’t been published yet.