20 April 2017
| James Pearce
The United Arab Emirates is set to become a manufacturer for satellite technology, according to reports in the country.
News source Zawya cited a senior official, who claimed the
UAE will move from just operating satellites to building them,
using an advanced space laboratory in Abu Dhabi that was opened
on Monday 17 April 2017.
The Yahsat Space Laboratory is being supported by the Masdar
Institute of Science and Technology (MI), Orbital ATK, and
communications satellite provider Yahsat.
"The UAE has been operating satellites, especially in
telecommunication, for many years," explained Saif Al Mheiri,
assistant professor of mechanical and materials engineering at
MI, and a manager of the newly launched Yahsat Space
"The Hope probe [Mars Mission] announced by the leadership
will also help develop local expertise in satellite
manufacturing and this lab will support that
A key focus for the lab will be on the consruction, testing
and launch of miniature satellites, known as CubeSats, which
are expected to play a key role in the growing satellite
communications market. This was the view of Yahsat CEO Masood
Sharif Mahmood, who also attended the launch of the lab.
The CubeSats, also known as nan-satellites, will be designed
as part of a collaboration between the three partners involved
in the lab, with different payloads included.
Yahsat recently unveiled plans to extend its reach to cover
Brazil when it launches its Al Yah 3 satellite later this
Masood Sharif Mahmood