Team embarks on second sat project

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KUWAIT CITY, Jan 4, (KUNA): Having launched the first Kuwaiti satellite (KuwaitSat-1) into space, the national team is not taking a break, already embarking on a second identical project, designing the second one, KuwaitSat-2. Meanwhile, His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent a cable of congratulation to the Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Dr. Abdulwahab Hamad Al-Adwani. In the cable, His Highness the Amir expressed his sincere congratulations on the occasion of launching the Kuwaiti satellite (KuwaitSat-1) into space, on Tuesday, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base, Florida, USA.

The Kuwaiti cadres in charge of the satellite project

His Highness the Amir praised the efforts of the project team chaired by the Acting Head of the Physics Department, Dr. Hala Khaled Al-Jassar, and includes faculty members and a group of students from various scientific departments at Kuwait University. His Highness the Amir also praised the role of Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS), in achieving this outstanding scientific achievement, which would contribute to the development of the capabilities of national cadres in the field of space science and its research. His Highness prayed to the Almighty to grant everyone success in serving the dear country, wishing the Kuwaiti youths more achievements, development, and good health. His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah also sent on congratulatory cables to Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Dr. Hamad Al-Adwani, and to the national project team for the first Kuwaiti satellite.

In the cables, His Highness the Crown Prince congratulated the minister and the team on the occasion of Kuwait’s successful launching of the first satellite into space yesterday, Tuesday, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida, USA. The Arab Parliament congratulated on Wednesday the Kuwaiti leadership and people on the successful launch of the KuwaitSat-1 satellite. Speaker Adel Al-Asoomi said in a statement that this great achievement was added to the list of Arab countries’ accomplishments. He affirmed that the Sate of Kuwait, through its wise leadership, had bolstered its strong status within the Arab, regional, and international spheres through this recent project. Al-Asoomi wished the Kuwaiti leadership and people evermore success and welfare.

Dr. Yasser Abdulrahim has told KUNA in an interview at his office that he and his team of scientists are in the initial stage of a much harder and complex mission, the making of parts of the second satellite, tentatively to be launched in three years. The second satellite of the Cube Sat 2 type will be larger than the first one, launched into the space on Tuesday, marking Kuwait’s first endeavor to be among ranks of nations that had made headways in the realm. Dr. Abdulrahim said that the planned satellite would examine solar panels, due to be designed and built at Kuwait University and would be equipped with a high definition camera, the Hyper Expected type, that transmits information and not only pictures about the atmosphere levels and the sea contents.

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