Dubai Municipality and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center are preparing, this morning at 10:00 am UAE time, to launch the satellite “DMSat 1”, from the Baikonur space base in Kazakhstan, to become the first nanometric satellite dedicated to environmental purposes launched by Dubai, equipped with the latest Environmental spatial monitoring techniques in the world, as it is planned that the moon will separate from the missile and enter its orbit around the Earth at exactly 2:20 pm UAE time, at an altitude of 550 km from the surface of the earth, and it is expected that the first signal from the moon will be received at three o’clock in the afternoon. The local time of the state.
The project comes within the framework of the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, “may God protect him”, to maximize the benefit from the advanced applications of the space industry in various fields, and build on the distinguished global position that Dubai and the UAE have reached in this regard. The field, where the “Dubai Municipality”, in cooperation with the “Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center”, is preparing to launch an environmental satellite to study the challenges and issues related to air quality and climate change in Dubai and the UAE.
The project team includes 30 Emirati engineers, whose role is to determine the needs of the Dubai Municipality and the technical characteristics of the satellite, as it has conducted numerous studies to determine the type, size and features of the devices on board, while the University of Toronto represents the party that developed the entire satellite, but the Mohammed Bin Center Rashid Space, his role in managing the project, reviewing the workflow with the manufacturer, and ensuring that the work is progressed according to the specified schedule, as well as conducting final tests to ensure the efficiency of the satellite systems and devices, as well as its installation on the launch rocket.
DMSAT 1 will monitor, collect and analyze environmental data, measure air pollutants and greenhouse gases, develop maps for the concentration and distribution of greenhouse gases in Dubai and the UAE, and study and monitor seasonal changes to these gases, while this data will be used in several areas to find solutions and develop Long-term plans to face the challenges of urban pollution and climate change, anticipate the future of the environmental reality in Dubai, and enhance the leadership role of the emirate in adopting quality projects and preparing pioneering research that supports the study of climate change, with its impact on confirming the UAE’s commitment to the provisions of the Paris Climate Agreement, which states Providing information and data on greenhouse gas emissions, as well as building national capacities in the field of studying and analyzing global warming.
DMSat 1, which took 18 months to build, provides the necessary information for Dubai Municipality to set up response plans to global environmental changes. It will also serve to calculate carbon emissions rates and their impact on growth rates, study the environmental impact of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, and the outputs of the UAE strategy. Energy 2050, in addition to contributing to the implementation of the national system for managing greenhouse gas emissions within the UAE National Climate Change Plan 2017-2050.
Features and systems
The nanometer satellite “DMSat 1”, which weighs 15 kilograms, is distinguished by its containment of devices and sensors to monitor methane, carbon dioxide and water vapor concentration, which are the causes of global warming and monitor pollutants and fine particles in the air. It also carries communication systems to communicate with The ground station at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center in Al-Khawaneej, and during the period of 3-5 days, it will monitor the same site more than once, with different shooting angles and with high accuracy, as it will conduct 14 rounds around the Earth daily, taking 294 pictures, at a rate of 21 pictures per session One, with data being sent to the earth station between 4 to 5 times per day.