Advanced 6U satellite launched by KAUST of Saudi Arabia


Jeddah – King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, in association with the space-to-cloud data and analytics firm Spire Global, has successfully launched a CubeSat nanosatellite.

The SpaceX Transporter-7 rideshare mission, which departed from Vandenberg Space Force Base, was used to launch the 6U CubeSat.

To help Saudi Arabia monitor its distinctive natural resources, the launch seeks to gather high-resolution and high-quality data from terrestrial, coastal, and ocean ecosystems all over the world.

The satellite has a modern on-board processing unit, a Spire Global Global Navigation Satellite System Reflectometry, and an advanced hyperspectral camera.

These innovations will make it easier to gather comprehensive information on the Earth’s surface, including the condition of the water, soil, and plants.

The 6U satellite’s primary function is to photograph and gather information on the Arabian Peninsula and its surroundings, although it is also able to do so from elsewhere on Earth.

The university’s launch of the nanosatellite, according to Dr. Matthew McCabe, director of the KAUST climate and livability initiative, indicates the Kingdom’s rising interest in the space industry.

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