Two Saudi satellites set to be launched Saturday: Prince Sultan Bin Salman

March 19, 2021

Okaz/Saudi Gazette

JEDDAH — Two Saudi satellites are set to be launched on Saturday, announced Prince Sultan Bin Salman, the chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Space Commission (SSC), on Friday.

Prince Sultan said: “We congratulate ourselves on the scheduled launch of two satellites for the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and the King Saud University on Saturday morning, manufactured by Saudi engineers and scientists.”

KACST announced that it is set to launch its 17th satellite called "Shaheen Sat” on Saturday morning from Kazakhstan. The KACST satellite is dedicated to space photography and tracking of marine vessels, and the second is the educational satellite (CubeSat).

It is noteworthy that the King Saud University is the first Saudi university to launch a CubeSat cube satellite with a size of (10 * 10 * 10) cm and a weight of 1kg. It also has a ground station that can communicate with small and large satellites and the International Space Station.

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