Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology

Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology
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EIAST Office in Dubai.
Agency overview
Formed February 6, 2006 (2006-02-06)
Jurisdiction Emirate government of Dubai
Headquarters Dubai
Agency executive H.E. Yousuf Hamad Alshaibani, Director General
Website .ae.eiastwww

The Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST), is a Dubai government entity that was established by law in 2006, as part of the United Arab Emirates' national initiative to promote scientific innovation, with the emphasis on space technology and promoting sustainable development.[1]

About EIAST

The Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST) was established after His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, and Ruler of Dubai, signed a decree on February 6, 2006.[2][3]

EIAST was established in order to promote advanced research and technological innovation, more specifically satellite technology; to build a well established internationally competitive base for human skills development; to position Dubai and the United Arab Emirates as a hub for space technology development internationally; to optimize the potential of EIAST satellite programs, DubaiSat-1 and DubaiSat-2, through broadening their applications; and lastly to provide support to decision makers in all sectors through application of its specialist skills.[3][4]

In order for EIAST to achieve its goal of using space technologies and applications effectively, the institution has pursued four programs: research and development of outer space, satellite manufacturing and system development, Earth observation from satellite images, and ground station services and support to other satellites.[3]

Satellite programs

DubaiSat-1

DubaiSat-1, is the United Arab Emirates' first Earth observation satellite.

DubaiSat-1 was an initiative from the Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST) to start the first Earth observation satellite program in the United Arab Emirates. The satellite was designed and developed by Satrec Initiative – a satellite manufacturing company in South Korea, along with a team of EIAST engineers. DubaiSat-1 is a catalyst project for the advanced satellites technology of the United Arab Emirates. The satellite was launched on July 29, 2009 from Baikonur launch site in Kazakhstan on board a Dpner rocket.[5][6]

DubaiSat-1 is a remote sensing satellite that observes the earth at a Low Earth Orbit and generates high resolution optical images at 2.5m panchromatic and 5m multispectral bands. These images provide decision makers in the UAE and EIAST clients with a valuable tool for a wide range of applications including infrastructure development, urban planning as well as environment monitoring and protection. DubaiSat-1 images are also used extensively to promote geosciences and remote sensing research in the region and support different scientific disciplines in private and academic sectors.[7][8]

Images of the earth captured by DubaiSat-1 are transmitted to a ground station in Dubai.[9][10]

DubaiSat-1 Images have been used to monitor progress on the The World megaproject in Dubai, Palm Islands and Al Maktoum International Airport as well as other landmarks of national interest.[11][12] The United Nations also used DubaiSat-1 images to monitor, assess, and plan for the relief efforts following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in 2011.

Recently, DubaiSat-1 was used to highlight London, United Kingdom, the host city for the 2012 Summer Olympics in July 27 to August 12, 2012.[13]

The total cost of the program, including the research and development of the satellite, is estimated to about $50 million.[14]

DubaiSat-2

DubaiSat-2 is the second satellite program of EIAST. The DubaiSat-2 project is a joint development program between EIAST and Satrec Initiative of South Korea, in which 20 engineers from the United Arab Emirates have been working on the design, development, testing and manufacturing of the satellite.[15] The agency plans to launch the satellite in the last quarter of 2012.[16] It will be launched by ISC Kosmotras on board a Dpner rocket from Yasny cosmodrome in Russia.[17] The remote sensing satellite will feature an electro-optical earth observation satellite system with a Ground Sampling Distance of 1m at 600 kilometres (370 mi) sun-synchronous orbit.[18] It will weigh 300 kilograms (660 lb), a third more than its predecessor. The satellite will orbit closer to the Earth at a faster speed and will cover 17,000 square metres per day, more than the 12,000 metres covered by DubaiSat-1.[19] DubaiSat-2 will incorporate a wide range of new technologies not implemented in its predecessor, allowing it to exceed the performance of spacecraft in its weight class.

Future plans

The Institution is moving rapidly towards establishing its own satellite manufacturing and testing facility in Dubai.[20]

EIAST also plans to develop KhalifaSat,[21][22] and a robotic orbiter to Mars.[23] The institution will also continue to invest heavily in awareness and education of the public.

Gallery

The following are some of the satellite images taken by DubaiSat-1:

Satellite image of The World in Dubai by DubaiSat-1 
Satellite image of Palm Islands by DubaiSat-1 
Satellite image of Al Maktoum International Airport by DubaiSat-1 
Satellite image of The Pyramids of Giza, Egypt by DubaiSat-1 
Satellite image of Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi by DubaiSat-1 
Satellite image of United Arab Emirates by DubaiSat-1 


References

  1. ^ "About EIAST". Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology. Retrieved July 11, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Law No. 2/2006 Relating to the Establishment of the Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology". Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology. Retrieved July 13, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "DubaiSat-1: A shot of the Ancient Egyptian civilisation". Zawya. May 31, 2012. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 
  4. ^ Ammari, Siba Sami (August 4, 2009). "Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology launches new corporate identity". AMEinfo.com. Retrieved July 13, 2012. 
  5. ^ Al Rais, Adnan et al. "DUBAISAT-1: Mission Overview, Development Status and Future Applications". Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology. pp. V196 – V199. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 
  6. ^ Hamilton, Charlie (July 29, 2009). "After years of work and delays, DubaiSat-1 finally ready for lift-off". The National. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 
  7. ^ Choi, Young-Wan et al. (October 2009). "IAC-09.B1.3.10 DUBAISAT-1 Camera: Pre-Launch Performance Characterization". Satrec Initiative. pp. 1–5. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 
  8. ^ "DubaiSat-1 Space Segment". Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
  9. ^ "DubaiSat-1 images help UN efforts in Japan". UN - SPIDER. March 29, 2011. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 
  10. ^ "DubaiSat-1 images help UN efforts in Japan". The Gulf Today. March 29, 2011. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
  11. ^ "DubaiSat-1 starts to transmit images of the UAE from space". Gulf News. August 6, 2009. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 
  12. ^ "DubaiSat-1 sends first series of images from space". Dubai Chronicle. August 10, 2009. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 
  13. ^ "DubaiSat-1 captures UK's Millennium Dome". Emirates 24/7. April 24, 2012. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 
  14. ^ Hamilton, Charlie (June 4, 2009). "Countdown begins for DubaiSat-1". The National. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 
  15. ^ "New remote satellite results revealed for DubaiSat-2 launch". MediaME. May 26, 2011. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
  16. ^ Jacob, Allan (February 16, 2011). "DubaiSat2 launch in 2012". Khaleej Times. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
  17. ^ "DubaiSat-2 designing in final stage". Geospatial World. April 14, 2011. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
  18. ^ "DubaiSat-2 Introduction". Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
  19. ^ Conroy, Erin (May 26, 2012). "DubaiSat-2 to be an improvement on predecessor". The National. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
  20. ^ Hamilton, Charlie (August 5, 2009). "DubaiSat-1 is ready for business". The National. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 
  21. ^ "KhalifaSat set to be launched in 2017: EIAST". GulfNews. Retrieved February 11, 2014. 
  22. ^ KhaleejTimes Newspaper (December 30, 2013). "Khalifa Sat to be ready for 2017 launch: Mohammed". KhaleejTimes Newspaper. Retrieved February 11, 2014. 
  23. ^ Tharoor, Ishaan 2014/16/07. "U.A.E. plans Arab world’s first mission to Mars".

External links

  • EIAST Home Page
  • Official EIAST Facebook Page
  • Official EIAST Twitter Page
  • EIAST Instagram Page
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