The first Kuwaiti satellite (KuwaitSat 1) will be launched on board a space rocket from a platform in Florida tomorrow.
And Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) quoted Dr. Ahmed Al-Kandari, Director of Operations for the National First Satellite Project, as saying that about four hours and two minutes after the launch, the satellite will send the first signal to the ground station at Kuwait University, a signal that includes the battery percentage and data related to the readiness of its systems and devices, after that. Work begins at the earth station, and it focuses on carrying out the required tests and preparing the moon to carry out its required role and mission.
He explained that the moon will revolve around the earth, and it has a high-resolution camera that sends images to Kuwait to be analyzed by the applications team according to the specialization of each individual in it. The specialist in marine sciences will research the sea, its color change, the red tide, oil pollution and its effects, and conduct research and reports that benefit Kuwait. The engineering specialist will also research Architectural urban condition to benefit the state and the scientific community.
Al-Kandari indicated that, as a documentation of the first Kuwaiti experience, those in charge of the project chose the name (KuwaitSat 1) to indicate the beginning of Kuwait’s journey into the world of space, opening the door to ambition for more satellites and establishing a sustainable space sector in Kuwait. According to Al-Kandari, the cost of this vital project amounted to 316 thousand dinars (more than a million dollars), and about 67 members of various scientific degrees and specializations (67% female and 33% male) worked for it, with a number of continuous hours that exceeded 1000 working hours. He pointed out that the project witnessed the participation of one of the largest research centers in microelectronics and the development of solar cell technology in Belgium.
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