On Thursday, the UAE Space Agency announced that a new satellite named 813 is going to developed by Engineers from 11 Arab countries at the National Space Science and Technology Centre at UAE University in Al Ain. Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, claimed the launch of the satellite as a gift from the UAE to the Arab countries.
The project will take three years and it will have a lifespan of about five years. The UAE Space Agency is going to sponsor the project. It will also have a polar orbit of 600 kilometers.
The announcement of the new satellite followed on from the signing of the charter for the establishment of the “Arab Space Coordination Group” at the second edition of the Global Space Congress, held in Abu Dhabi.
The 11 countries are the UAE, Jordan, Bahrain, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Lebanon, Kuwait, Morocco, and Egypt.
The received data by the satellite will be sent to a ground station in the UAE and receiving stations in some Arab countries for the benefit of a number of environmental authorities, municipalities, and institutions concerned with the agricultural sector and urban planning industry.
The multi-spectral satellite is able to record the Earth and can measure the environmental and climatic elements in a number of Arab countries, as well as vegetation, soil types, minerals, and water sources, measuring greenhouse gases, pollution, and dust levels as well.
- United Arab Emirates
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