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UAE, Bahrain to launch joint nanosatellite to ISS on Tuesday

The Light-1 nanosatellite will be deployed from the Japanese Experiment Module in the ISS into orbit. (Bahrain's National Space Science Agency)
The Light-1 nanosatellite will be deployed from the Japanese Experiment Module in the ISS into orbit. (Bahrain's National Space Science Agency)
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20 Dec 2021 03:12:59 GMT9
20 Dec 2021 03:12:59 GMT9
  • The Light-1 nanosatellite will take off onboard a SpaceX CRS-24 flight on board of a Falcon 9 rocket

  • It was built and designed in collaboration between the UAE Space Agency and Bahrain’s National Space Science Agency

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LONDON: The UAE and Bahrain are set to launch a joint nanosatellite to the International Space Station on Tuesday, representing a major milestone of cooperation in space science, technology and engineering between the two countries.

“Light-1 will take off onboard a SpaceX CRS-24 flight on board of a Falcon 9 rocket after undergoing rigorous safety and environmental tests for thermal and vibration, communication systems and more,” said a statement on Emirati state news agency WAM.

The nanosatellite will be deployed from the Japanese Experiment Module in the ISS into orbit, supervised by the Japanese Aerospace Space Agency.

It was built and designed in collaboration between the UAE Space Agency and Bahrain’s National Space Science Agency.

The nanosatellite’s name was inspired by a book written by Bahrain’s King Hamad called “The First Light,” which recounts key points in the kingdom’s history and symbolizes the country’s growth and scientific progress.

The research spacecraft was developed by a team of leading Bahraini and Emirati engineers and scientists in the UAE, made up of 23 students, including nine Bahrainis and 14 Emiratis from Khalifa University and New York University Abu Dhabi.

“After reaching its orbit around Earth, Light-1 will monitor and study terrestrial gamma ray flashes from thunderstorms and cumulus clouds,” the statement said, adding that it will be the first study of its kind in the region and New York University will lead the science data analysis aspect of the mission.

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