Saudi Arabia Launches Two Satellites for KACST and KSU

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Riyadh, March 22, 2021, SPA – The two satellites Shahin Sat 17, affiliated with King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and CubeSate Satellite, affiliated with King Saud University (KSU) were launched today from the Baikonur Base in Kazakhstan on board the Russian Soyuz 2 Rocket that already reached its orbit.
The satellite of the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, Shahin Sat 17, is considered a new generation of small size satellites and was allocated for tracking ships from low orbits and also includes a payload of telescope with high definition quality of filming and a payload for tracking marine ships. The satellite enjoys a filming quality that can reach up to 0.9 meter and a weight that does not exceed 75 kilograms with dimensions of 56*56*97 centimeters.
As for the CubeSat Satellite, affiliated with the King Saud University, it is the first satellite to be launched by a Saudi university, and its size is 10*10*10 centimeters and weighs one kilogram. This satellite is an educational project that aims at preparing and training engineering students at the university in the field of designing and programming satellites.
12:49 LOCAL TIME 09:49 GMT