“Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Agency” launches “Fi – Experimental” June 27

Yesterday, the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center announced the launch of the “Fi – Experimental” satellite, on June 27, as part of the initiative to host the “Fi” satellite payload, indicating that the launch will take place from the Russian “Baikonur Cosmodrome”, using The Soyuz spacecraft.

The initiative, which is led by the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center, in cooperation with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, aims to increase the number of countries benefiting from capacity-building activities to develop and manufacture satellite innovations, as a prior step to complete their development, including support for technical knowledge, engineering operations and infrastructure. relevant, at an economical cost.

Two loads

The standard 12U satellite platform will carry two payloads. The first is a communications system for the Internet of Things, which was designed by Bose.

UAE-based emerging company, OQ Technology, as part of the Space Ventures initiative of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre. This system stores and transmits data collected from IoT devices in remote areas, industries and autonomous vehicles using 5G technology.

The second payload is an environmentally friendly sub-propulsion system developed by SteamJet of the United Kingdom. This sub-system uses water as the main propellant.

The first step

The “Fi-Experimental” satellite will develop the field of space technology, as its innovative design and functionality make it the first of its kind in the Middle East, making the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center a pioneer in the field of space exploration and satellite technology.

The Director General of the Center, Muhammad Salem Hamid Al-Marri, said, “The launch of the (Fi-experimental) satellite is our first step within the international program for access to space that we started last year, and it represents a turning point in our journey,” stressing: “Our ambitions do not stop at this stage.” We are also preparing to launch more satellites in the future.

For his part, Zakaria Al Shamsi, Director of the Payload Hosting Project at the Center, said, “This initiative is the first of its kind in the Arab world, and aims to promote the use of satellite technologies, as well as provide an opportunity for companies and countries alike, in order to enhance the deployment and operation of their satellites.” artificial in space.

“Meeting from Space”

On the other hand, the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center announced yesterday that it had organized the fourth radio contact with astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi, from aboard the International Space Station, under the title “Meeting from Space”, in cooperation with the Emirates Radio Amateurs Association and the Emirates Literature Foundation.

The fourth communication within a series of 10 wireless communications took place at (Mushairif School – Cycle 1), in the presence of 25 students from various educational classes in the school. This call, which lasted 10 minutes, gave the students the opportunity to ask Al-Neyadi questions about the training he received in preparation for the longest space mission in the history of the Arabs, how he spread Emirati culture aboard the International Space Station, and what is the importance of international cooperation in the field of space exploration, in addition to To being asked about his future plans after returning to Earth.

Protect the planet

In response to a question posed by a student about the compatibility of the UAE’s interest in the environment and the goals of space exploration, Al Neyadi said: “Protecting our planet is of paramount importance, and the UAE is working in cooperation with its partners to develop technologies that contribute to preserving the earth.”

He added, “All of our activities on the International Space Station reflect our commitment to protecting our planet, and the UAE will also host an important event later this year, which is (COP28), which reflects our great commitment to environmental protection issues.”


New era

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center has become a step away from making history again, by launching the “Fi-Experimental” satellite mission, an event that opens the door to a new era in the field of space exploration, as the launch of this pioneering space platform represents a milestone in the march of Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center, which aims to reach the furthest point in the field of scientific discovery and technological progress.

• The launch of the new satellite is part of the initiative to host the payload of the satellites, Faye.

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