DubaiSat-1 provides first glimpse of MBR City site

by Staff Reporter | December 23rd, 2012

DubaiSat-1, the UAE-owned and operated earth observation satellite, has relayed an image of the area in Dubai that will be developed into the recently announced Mohammed Bin Rashid City. The satellite, which was launched by the Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST), will reportedly monitor the MBR City project and provide images every month to highlight the project’s progress.

DubaiSat-1 will reportedly monitor the MBR City project and provide images every month to highlight the project’s progress

EIAST, as part of its mandate of conducting research using satellite data, has been mapping some of the major construction projects in Dubai.

The satellite images reportedly complement existing Geographic Information System (GIS) databases and enable more efficient monitoring of environmental changes and natural hazards in addition to identifying water quality in the Gulf.

“DubaiSat-1 is a key element in the development process taking place in Dubai. The satellite highlights the commitment of EIAST to create a knowledge-based economy by leveraging satellite technology,” said Salem Al Marri, Head of Marketing and International Affairs at EIAST.

MBR City, announced in November this year, will feature leisure and retail facilities. The project will be located between Emirates Road, Al Khail Road and Sheikh Zayed Road.

DubaiSat-1 was a joint project between the UAE and South Korea, developed with a focus on knowledge transfer to the UAE team that participated in building the satellite. EIAST had launched DubaiSat-1 in July 2009, and since then the satellite has been transmitting images.

EIAST is currently working on the final stages of DubaiSat-2, a joint development programme with the Satrec Initiative of South Korea. Sixteen UAE engineers, currently stationed in South Korea, have been working on the design, development, testing and manufacturing of the satellite. The participation of UAE engineers in the project has increased by 100% compared to DubaiSat-1 and it is hoped DubaiSat-2 will take EIAST to the next level in space research.

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