Subscribe Free
in Space

UAE Space Agency conducts MeznSat preliminary design review

Posted 17 May 2018 · Add Comment

The UAE Space Agency, working in partnership with Khalifa University of Science and Technology and the American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK), has reviewed the preliminary design of the MeznSat 3U CubeSat, which is being developed to monitor and study the Earth’s atmosphere.



The Preliminary Design Review (PDR) was held during a meeting at Masdar Institute, and Chaired by Khaled Al Hashmi, Director of Space Mission Management at the UAE Space Agency. The meeting brought together representatives from Khalifa University of Science and Technology, AURAK, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat) and the National Space Science and Technology Center (NSSTC) at the UAE University (UAEU).



Launched in February 2018, AURAK students are designing and building the satellite to collect and analyze data about carbon dioxide and methane levels in the atmosphere above the UAE. The students are utilising the world-class facilities available at Masdar Institute during the satellites design and construction.

MeznSat is to be launched in late 2019 from a site in Japan, in coordination with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Once in orbit, the satellite will use a visible camera as well as a shortwave infrared spectrometer to measure the abundance and distribution of methane and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. A team of students will monitor, process and analyse the data sent from the satellite at a ground station in the UAE. 

The satellite will also provide valuable insight into the concentration of nutrients in the coastal waters of the Arabian Gulf, which will allow for more accurate predictions of algal blooms and support the timely implementation of relevant precautionary measures.

Khaled Al Hashmi, Director of Space Mission Management at the UAE Space Agency, said:  “The MeznSat project is an important addition to the UAE’s satellite capabilities, which include remote sensing, Earth observation and communications. The project’s objective is primarily educational, falling within the Agency's mission to develop national capabilities, strengthen scientific research and organize the sector.

"It is an amazing opportunity for students to demonstrate their skills, put their academic knowledge into practice and gain invaluable hands-on experience. MeznSat is also considered an important achievement for the national space sector in regards to the development and manufacture of satellites."
 

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

GE Aviation offers fuel dashboard at no cost to EMS customers

GE Aviation is offering a new digital fuel dashboard at no cost to commercial airline customers using GE's event measurement system (EMS), enabled by Microsoft Azure.

Airbus provides update on March commercial aircraft orders and deliveries

Airbus has said it is now revising its production rates downwards to adapt to the new Coronavirus market environment.

The smart Phoon

Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft for Kuwait and Qatar will incorporate an advanced active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar that is claimed to be the most advanced in the world. Jon Lake reports.

Speed merchants

Few scenarios are more time-sensitive than aircraft on the ground (AOG) situations, and it has given rise to ultra-fast delivery of spares. Chuck Grieve looks at how leading players meet the demand.

Flydubai Cargo continues to enable the movement of vital goods in the region

Flydubai has allocated six Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft to operate as all-cargo flights to enable the movement of essential goods across its network and beyond.

Covid-19 and idle operators: A time to reflect, review and prepare

This is the time for operators to reflect and prepare for the post Covid-19 world, writes John Cauthen, aviation security director for MedAire and a member of the NBAA Security council.

Airport Show SK2702240620
See us at
Arabian Trav Mark BT1603010720AVMENA20 BT1309100620SaudiAirshow21BT2011180221MAPS2020 BT1102171120