The National newspaper reports a message by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, is being beamed across the world from space as the first to be transmitted by the UAE’s Nayif-1 satellite.
The National says:
Nayif-1 was launched February 15 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in India and is being tracked by a team of scientists at a control centre at American University of Sharjah.
The country’s first nanosatellite is transmitting the message in Arabic which reads: ‘The renaissance of peoples, nations and civilizations starts with education; and the future of nations starts at their schools.’
Nayif-1’s main mission objective is to send and receive messages on amateur radio frequencies.
The nanosatellite boasts a number of advanced features, most notably it is programmed to transfer messages in Arabic.
Fatma Lootah, deputy project manager of Nayif-1 at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, said the transmission was a landmark moment for the team.
“There is a large community of amateur radio operators and if Arab operators get this message in their own language I think a lot of them will be inspired,” said Ms Lootah.
At AUS, seven engineering students collaborated with the space centre in the designing, building, testing and operating of Nayif-1.
The telemetry data mentioned in the article can be found at http://data.amsat-uk.org/nayif1
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