UAE: The Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST) has announced that its second satellite, DubaiSat-2, is now fully operational. The earth observation satellite, which underwent the launch and early operations phase (LEOP) starting November 2013, has completed its full testing phase to verify and validate the operation of the system, officials said.
Above: Dubai Sat-2 image of the Emirates palace, Abu Dhabi, taken on December 1 2013 – during DubaiSat-2's second week in orbit
The satellite underwent a launch and early operations phase last November that required strict testing to verify how its electronic equipment functioned in a harsh space environment. The subsequent phase after the satellite is in stable operation mode was to calibrate the telescope and sensors, according to a statement from EIAST. These tests are the final steps before a satellite is declared fully operational and its data quality is deemed accurate. The satellite also passed tests conducted by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency recently in collaboration with EIAST on the satellite’s propulsion system to ensure its safety and readiness.
The DubaiSat-2 was launched to provide high-resolution images and is capable of taking multiple images of the same area. The images will be utilised for environmental projects, urban planning and infrastructure development and to provide specialised reports.
EIAST also stated statement that it has signed an agreement for the worldwide promotion and distribution of DubaiSat-2's products and services to global customers. Technical improvements of DubaiSat-2 over the first satellite which was launched in 2009 include an increase in the speed of the data download and the amount of data acquired by the satellite per day.
Source: Emirates 24/7 News