Thursday, February 17, 2011

DubaiSat-2 Imaging Satellite Ready to Lift Off

A second imaging satellite is scheduled to start beaming high-resolution pictures of the UAE from outer space by the end of next year, according to the report.

A contract was announced yesterday between the Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST) and a Russian space company, to launch DubaiSat-2 from Yasny Cosmodrome in northern Russia.

International Space Company Kosmotras (ISCK), based in Moscow, also launched DubaiSat-1 in July 2009.

The new satellite will orbit slightly closer to Earth and at a faster speed than the older model, said Salem al Marri, the director of EIAST's space programme department. It will also incline at an angle aligned with the UAE's coastline to capture more pictures in one path.


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