Three-Axis Attitude Control
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5 Year EOF in LEO
Riyadh, Rabi'II 10, 1437, Jan 20, 2016, SPA -- King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) is working to complete preparation of the components of the Saudi satellite (Saudi SAT 5B) which is locally made, in preparation for its launch, via the Chinese space rocket (Long March 2D) to support remote sensing services in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
This came in the framework of the cooperation between the Kingdom and the Republic of the People's Republic of China in various fields, including scientific field, which also includes the establishment of a project on genetics studies.
This cooperation enhances common desire between the leaderships of the two friendly countries to push forward the bilateral relations to broad levels and turn them into a strategic partnership with wide dimensions which expressed by mutual visits over the years, including the visit of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to China in 2014 when he was the Kingdom's Crown Prince, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense, where it contributed to the advancement of the level of partnership between the two countries in various fields, while President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China is working at the same goal during his current visit to the Kingdom.
Stakeholders to study, develop, launch, and operate with international collaborators a regionally optimized hyper-spectral mission (Saudisat 5), justified on the basis of:
- Strong applications potential within KSA and regionally, including coastal and offshore monitoring (oil slicks with thermal channels), mineral exploration, vegetation characterization and monitoring.
- High number of cloud free days favorable to the operation and use of narrow band optical imaging.
- Very few hyperspectral instruments currently operate in space, so there is the prospect of developing a world-leading position (note:. the Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd/European Space Agency (SSTL/ ESA) experimental Compact High Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (CHRIS) instrument is currently the only high resolution, 18m, imaging spectrometer in space).
- Excellent prospects for collaborating with international partners in instrument development, operations and applications.