Bahrain to launch its first satellite this year

Cairo: Bahrain plans to launch its first satellite in the third quarter of this year, a Bahraini official has said.

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“The satellite is expected to be launched to the International Space Station during the third quarter of 2021,” Chief Executive Officer of the National Space Science Agency (NSSA) Mohammed Ebrahim Al Asseri added.

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The official praised efforts of the Bahraini space science team in making “this achievement” come true.

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“They have overcome all challenges and aimed at turning the royal vision into a reality according to the NSSA strategy featuring specific objectives, mainly developing national potential to create a national base boasting top-calibre and distinguished space standards,” Al Asseri told Bahraini newspaper Akhbar Al Khaleej.

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Space engineering

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The official also said that he is proud of a Bahraini team now on scholarships abroad majoring in space engineering and science.

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“The team has participated in building a number of microsatellites, which are popular with space research centres, high education institutions and space agencies as well as the countries seeking to create a sustainable space sector,” he said.

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In this regard, he highlighted “fruitful cooperation” with the UAE Space Agency and Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi.

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