The ‘MeznSat’ Nano-satellite is designed to detect greenhouse gas concentrations from an orbit of 565 kilometres above the earth.
Emadueddin Khalil, Staff Reporter
The UAE will launch the “MeznSat” satellite, on Monday, from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia on a Soyuz-2 rocket, which is the first educational cubic satellite manufactured in cooperation between Khalifa University and the American University in Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK), under the supervision of the UAE Space Agency.
The “MeznSat” Nano-satellite is designed to detect greenhouse gas concentrations from an orbit of 565 kilometres above the earth.
The Agency confirmed completion of all special preparations for placing the satellite on the launch pad and successfully conducting experiments and final checks regarding the readiness of the satellite.
With this launch, “MeznSat” will join the 10 satellites launched by the UAE to develop the national capabilities, to enhance scientific research activities, and to regulate the activities of the national space sector.
The new satellite is scheduled to reach orbit next November, that is, a month after its launch. Once in orbit, the team of students will then monitor, process and analyse the data from a ground station in the UAE. The processes and expertise involved in monitoring the atmosphere are similar to those employed during conventional earth observation programmes. The project will support Emirati young people in developing the skills necessary for the UAE’s ambitious National Space Programme and its future projects.
Using a visible camera, as well as a shortwave infrared spectrometer, the satellite will measure the abundance and distribution of methane and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. It will also provide valuable insight into the concentration of nutrients in the coastal waters of the Arabian Gulf, which will allow for more accurate predictions of algal blooms and support the timely implementation of relevant precautionary measures.
The Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCI) delegation concluded its official visit to Russia on the sidelines of the UAE-Russia Forum, organised by the Sharjah Exports Development Centre (SEDC) in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
The launch is part of a high-technology project undertaken to develop solutions to environmental challenges and address climate change. The satellite will be launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Researchers at Khalifa University have used the theory of General Relativity to figure out a new way to chart our universe and possibly detect cosmic strings.
The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), Dubai, commemorated 11th anniversary of the launch of DubaiSat-1, the UAE’s first Earth Observation Satellite on Wednesday. The UAE entered the Earth observation satellite club on July 29 2009, as DubaiSat-1 was successfully launched from the Baikonur launch site in Kazakhstan, onboard the Dnepr launch vehicle.
Nearly 13,400 people were forced to evacuate as water consumed hundreds of homes around the country, turning some streets into raging rivers of brown water, according to Haiti’s Civil Protection Agency.
Sheikh Hamdan said on Twitter, "We extend our sincere condolences and sympathy to the family, relatives, companions and readers of Khalid Al Qashtini, the Iraqi journalist and writer, and the owner of the creative pen, who enriched our Arab world with his publications. With his departure, the Arab media loses a symbol of creativity.”
The authorities said, “Abu Dhabi Police and Abu Dhabi Civil Defence Authority teams are dealing with a fire that broke out this evening at a warehouse in Mussafah industrial area.
"Every year, over 400m tonnes of plastic is produced worldwide - one-third of which is used just once,” said Antonio Guterres. "Every day, the equivalent of over 2,000 garbage trucks full of plastic is dumped into our oceans, rivers, and lakes.”