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DubaiSat2 moved to Russia & ready for launch soon

The Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST), part of a strategic initiative to inspire scientific innovation and technological advancement in the UAE, announced that it has moved the DubaiSat-2 satellite, from South Korea to Russia under supervision of its top engineers in preparation for Launch in the near future. DubaiSat-2 will be launched on a Dnepr Rocket through the Moscow-based International Space Company Kosmotras, from Yasny Launch Base.

As part of its initiative to support the UAE’s World Expo 2020 bid, EIAST further revealed that the Expo 2020 logo will be displayed on the DubaiSat-2 launcher rocket. This move comes in line with the institution’s commitment to contribute effectively to overall development in the UAE through extended support for the landmark global event. The Dubai Expo bid represents a real embodiment of the leadership’s wise vision to create channels of cultural, humanitarian, scientific and economic communication and encourage intellectual and cultural understanding among all peoples of the world.

H.E. Yousuf Al Shaibani, Director General, Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology, said: “DubaiSat-2 project complements the second stage of the plan set by EIAST to build an integrated team of Emirati engineers through the development of our human resources to ultimately promote the UAE’s leading position as an international destination for space technology. Over the past five years, our team of engineers at the institution has developed DubaiSat-2 under the supervision of our strategic partner Satrec Initiative. This alliance offers the opportunity to leverage expertise in space technology and boost national competencies in the hope of manufacturing satellites within the homeland soon.”

“Over 150 years, the World Expo continues to serve as a premier platform to share technical and scientific innovations and prompt communication among various cultures while promoting economic and business cooperation between nations. It truly is a driving force of the economic, cultural and social transformation happening worldwide. The UAE’s chances of winning the bid are strong, supported by a solid economy, a multi-cultural social fabric and strategic location, as well as a state-of-the-art infrastructure, remarkable logistics capabilities, and extensive expertise in organizing world-class events,” added Al Shaibani.

“Should we host Expo 2020, which will be held under theme 'Connecting Minds, Creating the Future,’ it would be a milestone in the efforts to reach higher levels of excellence and leadership. The event offers an ideal opportunity to advance economic diversity and develop national competencies in the fields of technology and sciences. It also promotes the transformation into a knowledge-based economy that relies on human capital to shape the future of the nation while complying with the genuine values and heritage of our ancestors,” he concluded.

EIAST was established by the Dubai Government in 2006 with the goal of promoting a culture of advanced scientific research and technology innovation in Dubai and the UAE, and enhancing technology innovation and scientific skills among UAE Nationals. It is mainly involved in outer space research and development; satellite manufacturing and systems development; space imaging; and ground station services and support for other satellites.