Nayif-1 is UAE’s first nanosatellite. It represents the first milestone of the sustainable Knowledge Transfer Programme, and MBRSC looks forward to launching it in collaboration with educational institutions in the UAE. The aim of this project has been to develop and hone the skills of Emirati students in the space technology industry and to provide an educational platform about space science in UAE universities. It has provided students with a unique opportunity to learn about space and advanced sciences related industries and has offered them hands-on experience in the design and manufacturing of nanosatellites. Moreover, this project has helped to strengthen connections between MBRSC and the UAE community and has supported partnerships with the educational sector in the UAE. The project was a collaborative effort between MBRSC and a prestigious academic institution, namely the American University of Sharjah. This collaboration had fruitful results for MBRSC; following their graduation, many students joined the centre.
Nayif-1 has aimed at transferring knowledge to engineering students in the American University of Sharjah. The purpose of the project was to develop the space technology industry skills of the engineering students and to provide universities with an educational platform that offers students the opportunity to learn about the space and advanced sciences related industries. It has also provided students with practical training in the field of designing, integrating and installing nanosatellites, teaching them all the factors that they need to consider during the testing, operation and launching phases from the ground station. Nayif-1 has offered students hands-on experience in the satellite manufacturing science and in conducting scientific research.
The development of Nayif-1 took one year of continuous work in the clean rooms and laboratories at MBRSC in Dubai. The team working on the project consisted of seven engineering students in their final years of studies, majoring in different disciplines such as electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and computer engineering. Building Nayif-1 included several phases, starting from the design to the manufacturing and testing stages. Nayif-1 is the first nanosatellite to provide hands-on training and scientific knowledge in space science to engineering students. Nayif-1 is a real educational experience that has provided students with an in-depth scientific introduction to the design and manufacture of a model-sized satellite.
Nayif-1 nanosatellite was launched into orbit at an altitude around 512 kilometres above the Earth. With basic dimensions of 10 x 10 x 11.35 cm3 and a weight of 1.32 kg, the CubeSat will produce a communication footprint of 5,000 km. Nayif-1 is the first 1U nanosatellite that has been programmed to transfer messages in Arabic and English on radio frequencies called Radio Amateur.
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