Khalifa University of Science and Technology, the Yahsat Satellite Communications Company, “Yahsat,” and Northrop Grumman announced “DhabiSat” on Saturday.
The second miniature satellite that Khalifa University students developed in cooperation with university partners from the Wallops Flight Center in Virginia, USA, to the International Space Station, on board the “Signus NG-15” spacecraft.
The satellite is expected to separate from the “Signus NG-15” spacecraft after leaving the International Space Station, after approximately 3 months.
The “Abu Dhabi Sat” project, developed by 27 graduate students in the Yahsat Space Laboratory at the Khalifa University Center for Space Technology and Innovation, will train new students to become qualified engineers to support the development of the space sector in the UAE.
Dr. Aref Sultan Al Hammadi, Executive Vice President at Khalifa University of Science and Technology, said: “The launch of Abu Dhabi Sat is another success for the UAE, Khalifa University and its partners, as it embodies a major and important achievement in the country’s space sector and contributes to preparing and training local workforce through institutions. Academy in the state. ”
He added, “This satellite was completely designed and developed in the hands of university students and with the support of our partners, and it is another example of Khalifa University’s comprehensive strategy, which is to develop scientists specializing in space sciences and engineers who are moving forward to advance the country in areas of technological progress,” he asserts. Abu Dhabi Sat “The extent of the university’s commitment to developing human capital through specialized academic programs and research centers such as the Khalifa University Center for Space Technology, Innovation and Partner Support.”
Mona Al Muhairi, Head of Human Assets and Administration Affairs at Yahsat, said: “On behalf of the Yahsat team, I would like to congratulate the students and project owners for this outstanding achievement.”
She explained that “Zabbysat” is the second satellite after the MySat-1 satellite, the first miniature satellite dedicated to educational purposes designed in the Yahsat Space Laboratory 3 years ago.
She pointed out that the laboratory, since its inception, has contributed to supporting academic and industrial cooperation, which has facilitated the transfer of knowledge and resources to cultivate talents in the UAE.
Al Muhairi affirmed that advanced technology and specialized research centers contribute to supporting the knowledge required to enhance the ambitions and position of the UAE in the space sector. She said, “We are very pleased with the results of our partnership with Khalifa University, Northrop Grumman, and the UAE Space Agency, and the steps that each of us have taken to build the capabilities of our youth.”
Frank Demauro, Vice President and General Manager of Tactical Space Systems Division at Northrop Grumman, said: “ZebSat is the second satellite in which we collaborate with both Yahsat and Khalifa University to launch it, and it has control algorithms in the experimental stages that ZebSat is testing. “To improve the efficiency of mini-satellites in the future and highlight the innovative aspects of research and development in technology that could be applied in mini-satellites.”
An earlier review of the design of “Abu Dhabi Sat” was completed to ensure its flight readiness and was reviewed for pre-shipment in December 2020.
The Khalifa University Center for Space Technology and Innovation continues its pioneering role in developing satellites and supporting other universities. Examples of satellites built in the center are the “MuznSat” project developed by students from Khalifa University and the American University in Ras Al Khaimah and the “Light-1” mini-satellite. It is currently being developed at Khalifa University and a team of students from New York University in Abu Dhabi who were selected to participate in the project based on the winning proposal that they submitted in the Emirates Minisat competition organized by Khalifa University and the Emirates Space Agency.