The UAE’s space ambitions have been given another boost with the planned launch of a local satellite into space.
MeznSat – a satellite developed by students from Khalifa University and American University of Ras Al Khaimah – is set to enter into orbit by the end of this year.
The UAE Space Agency and German launch services provider Exolaunch agreed to oversee the momentous event during the recent Global Space Congress hosted in Abu Dhabi.
The satellite is equipped with a shortwave infrared spectrometer to gauge the abundance and distribution of methane and carbon dioxide in the UAE’s atmosphere.
A team of students will monitor and analyse the data transmitted from the satellite at a ground station in YahSat Labs in Khalifa University.
Abdulla Al Marar, head of space projects in the UAE Space Agency, said: “MeznSat will join the outstanding collection of satellites developed, owned and operated by the UAE for a breadth of purposes, ranging from remote sensing and Earth observation to communications and navigation, collectively showcasing the UAE’s position and leadership within the space industry.”