This post was originally published on 9 February 2017.
UAE’s nanosatellite, Nayif-1, is set for launch into space between February 14 and 25 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India, it was announced on Wednesday.
The Mohammad Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and the American University of Sharjah (AUS) said Nayif-1 is expected to be launched in the morning of February 15 if all logistics are intact and ideal weather conditions prevail, to ensure a successful launch into space onboard the PSLV-C37 rocket.
Currently, a team of specialists at MBRSC and AUS are working to ascertain the readiness of the ground station located at the university, from which the satellite will be operated and controlled after its launch.
- The nanosatellite’s main mission will be to send and receive messages on Amateur Radio frequencies.
- Nayif-1 boasts of a number of advanced features, most notably, it is programmed to transfer messages in Arabic.
Developed by Emirati engineering graduates from AUS under the supervision of a team of engineers and specialists from MBRSC, Nayif-1 also holds an Active Control System Board that has not been launched into space before.
Nayif-1 has been tested on ground and has successfully passed all tests on its subsystems, such as the power and control subsystems, satellite antenna and communication subsystem.
These tests have been followed by the full system environmental tests, including thermal and vibration tests.
India to create history with launch of 104 satellites
India will create history by launching a record 104 satellites, including 101 foreign ones, this month from Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh, it was announced earlier.
Of the total earth-observation satellites, three are Indian, 88 are from the US and the remaining are from Israel, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates.
Though the Indian space agency had launched 20 satellites in one shot on June 22, 2016, the launch of 104 satellites will surpass the 37 satellites launch record set in June 2014 and 29 satellites launched by NASA in 2013.