The Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST) has signed a deal with Satrec Initiative, a leading provider of integrated and customised solutions for earth observation missions, for the global promotion and distribution of Dubai Sat-2’s products and services.
Both the organisations previously collaborated in the Dubai Sat-1 and Dubai Sat-2 projects and currently, they are working on the first Arab-made satellite, the Khalifa Sat, which will be launched into outer space by 2017.
Emirati engineers are involved in the planning and designing of the Khalifa Sat.
Yousuf Al Shaibani, director general, EIAST, said: “Over the past few years, EIAST has succeeded in attaining quality achievements in manufacturing satellites and building a strong presence in the local and international space industry. Satrec Initiative has played a major role in achieving our ambitious goal of boosting the UAE’s standing in the field of space industry.”
“The new agreement is particularly significant because it’s considered the beginning of a new phase of constructive co-operation and higher level of effective co-ordination between EIAST and Satrec Initiative towards achieving technical excellence and scientific progress in the Middle East led by UAE,” said Al Shaibani
EIAST was established by the Dubai Government in 2006 with the goal of promoting a culture of advanced scientific research and technology innovation in Dubai and the UAE, and enhancing technology innovation and scientific skills among UAE nationals.
It is mainly involved in outer space research and development, satellite manufacturing and systems development, space imaging, and ground station services and support for other satellites.
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