DUBAI: Saudi Arabia launched two Saudi-designed satellites Sat 5a and Sat 5b, into space for aerial surveying from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, China. According to the official SPA news agency, the two satellites were developed by King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and will be used for aerial surveying purposes.
The satellites join the second generation of Saudi Arabia’s high-accuracy remote-sensing satellites.
The satellites will be used for high-resolution images of the planet’s surface from low earth orbits, help with urban planning, monitor movements and changes on the earth’s surface, and provide government agencies with services, in particular, high-resolution images.
So far 13 satellites has been launched by KACST, it has collaborated with China in the Chang’e 4 mission to explore the far side of the moon; and provided advanced services for remote-sensing systems; and has also participated in the launch of an advanced system for maritime monitoring and tracking with satellite data, which includes daily coverage of 30,000 vessels across the world.
The launch of the two new satellites is in line with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, which aims to nationalize strategic technologies in Saudi Arabia, empower Saudi youth to develop advanced technologies in the field of satellite development and construction and to maximize local content.