The Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST), a Dubai Government entity
promoting scientific innovation and space technology advancement in the UAE announced that its newest satellite DubaiSat-2 is now fully operational.
The aim for building the electro-optical earth observation satellite is to provide high-resolution images of the earth to be used for various purposes including infrastructure development, urban planning and environmental projects. It is designed to take multiple images of the same area, receive them and process them in just one day.
The satellite was submitted to undergo the Launch and Early Operations Phase (LEOP) on November 21, 2013 where it was tested to validate its functions. It was then calibrated to make sure that the telescope and the sensors are working properly. It was only after passing all these tests was the satellite declared fully operational.
A high ranking official of EIAST said that success of DubaiSat-2 is a sign that they can now start to present a more accurate and timely data to all customers in government and private sectors as well as domestic and international regions to benefit the country.
The official was also quoted saying, “The calibration and validation activities were conducted to ensure that the images will be useful to our customers and that they are of the highest quality which is crucial for the success of the mission. “