King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology announced today the successful launch of the Shaheen Sat satellite, which is designed to photograph the Earth and track ships from low orbits, successfully from Baikonur base in the Republic of Kazakhstan on board the Russian Soyuz 2 missile.
The satellite “Shaheen Sat” includes a telescope payload with high accuracy for imaging, and a payload for tracking marine ships. This satellite, which was developed and manufactured within a short period of time, is characterized by an imaging accuracy of up to 0.9 meters, a weight not exceeding 75 kilograms, and dimensions of 56 * 56 * 97 cm.
On this occasion, the city’s president, Dr. Anas bin Faris Al-Faris, explained that this achievement is the result of the great support that the research, development and innovation sector in the Kingdom enjoys from the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and his Crown Prince, indicating that the success of its launch comes as a continuation of the successes achieved by the Kingdom in the field of space, where the city has worked on Developing and manufacturing a group of highly efficient satellites that provide imaging and reconnaissance services. During the past twenty years, it launched 17 satellites.
Al-Fares added that the satellite “Shaheen Sat” was developed by a Saudi work team from various engineering disciplines in cooperation with the city’s partners, and provides satellite images for the government and private sectors to serve the Kingdom’s development goals. It also works on tracking marine vessels by employing artificial intelligence techniques and big data.
He pointed out that the city will work, in cooperation with the Saudi Space Authority, to invest in technology, develop and manufacture highly efficient satellites in a short period of time.
On the other hand, the CEO of the Saudi Space Authority, Dr. Abdulaziz bin Muhammad Al Al-Sheikh, expressed his happiness with the distinguished move of the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, represented by the successful launch of the satellite “Shaheen Sat”.
He stated that these achievements are a continuation of the astronautics that began in 1405 AH, from the distinguished efforts of the city, and the valuable contributions of the research centers of government agencies and universities.
He stressed that such achievements will enable the space sector in the Kingdom to achieve the position befitting the name of our country regionally and internationally at all levels, especially since the space sector is characterized by sustainable growth, which makes it an economic and strategic future that makes it a destination for all developed countries.
Dr. Abdulaziz Al Al-Sheikh explained that the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology represented the Kingdom during the past years, and that after receiving the supervision of the sector, the authority continues to work with the city and other relevant authorities, while taking advantage of Saudi research and development centers that have contributions to the growth of the sector and its related services. And techniques for transferring and indigenizing space technologies in line with the goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 and the Authority’s goals in space leadership.