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UAE’s satellite DMSat-1 launch today
The project team includes 30 Emirati engineers
After two cancellations, DMSat-1, Dubai Municipality’ first nanometric environmental satellite, achieved the feat on Monday at 10:07am UAE time, from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
After inclement weather caused the launch to be postponed twice earlier this week the Russian-made Soyuz-2a.1 rocket that will carry DMSat-1 and 37 other satellites from 17 other countries was supposed to lift off on Saturday.
Moreover, Russia has postponed the launch of its Soyuz-2.1a rocket to Sunday, state news agency RIA quoted Roscosmos space agency Director General Dmitry Rogozin as saying on Saturday.
Rogozin said the decision to postpone from Saturday was made after a voltage spike ahead of the planned launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, RIA reported.
The Soyuz-2.1a rocket, which is expected to deliver 38 satellites that are mostly made outside Russia into open space, is now set to be launched at 0607 GMT on Sunday, RIA said.
Using state-of-the-art space technologies, DMSat-1 will monitor, collect and analyse environmental data as well as measure air pollutants and greenhouse gases. The environmental satellite will also help create maps of the concentration and distribution of greenhouse gases in Dubai and the UAE, and study seasonal changes in the presence of these gases.
The project comes within the framework of the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to maximise the benefit from the advanced applications of the space industry in various fields, and build on the distinguished global position that Dubai and the UAE have reached in this regard.
The project team includes 30 Emirati engineers, whose role is to determine the needs of the Dubai Municipality and the technical characteristics of the satellite, as it has conducted numerous studies to determine the type, size and features of the devices on board.
Dawoud AlHajri, Director-General of Dubai Municipality, said that essential data provided by the DMSat-1 satellite will enable Dubai Municipality to respond to global environmental changes, identify steps to combat climate change and develop long-term environmental plans.
It will also help both sides' environmental studies deliver tangible results by promoting academic research, boosting ecological monitoring and contributing to upcoming technological ventures.
The launch of the satellite strengthens the UAE’s implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement, which requires the country to generate data on greenhouse gas emissions and build national capacities to study global warming.