The UAE’s first Nanosatellite, Nayif1, to be launched for educational purposes, is ready to be placed into orbit by the fourth quarter of the year, The Mohammad Bin Rashid Centre
(MBRSC) announced on Monday.
The nanosatellite was developed by Emirati engineering students from AUS under the supervision of a team of engineers and specialists from MBRSC. Together, the Nayif-1 has successfully passed all stages and tests and it is now ready to launch into space aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket.
As Nayif-1 is a Nanosatellite and a non-primary payload, the launch date will be decided by the launching provider.
The satellite programme is part of the UAE far reaching ambitions in space and outer atmosphere.
Ibrahim Al Qasim, project manager of Nayif-1 at MBRSC, said:
“Nayif-1 went through several stages. As is typical in most satellite projects, we started out with the initial design phases and we then moved into further verification of these designs by assembling and testing some of the components, once our designs were finalised and verified we moved into the assembly, integration and testing of the satellite flight model and readiness for launch.”
Al Qasim said:
“Nayif-1 went through several stages. once our designs were finalised and verified, we moved into assembly, integration and testing of the satellite flight model, and readiness for launch”.
“The installation of the ground station was completed at AUS, which will operate and control the satellite throughout its journey in space,” Al Qasim confirmed.
“Nayif-1 has a number of advanced features.It is even programmed to transfer messages in Arabic.It also contains an active control system. usually satellites with a 10x10x10 cm
unit size use a passive control system. The control system works accurately to determine the satellite’s position and direction in space in order to maintain its balance attitude during operations”. Al Qasim said.
“The Emirati university students possess the required skills and capabilities to design and build a cubesat as a result of a knowledge transfer strategy and cooperation between
academic and professional institutions that are launching real space projects, enabling students to see the product of their work as a reality in space,” Al Shaibani said.