The “Soyuz” missile carrying the MuznSat satellite to orbit was successfully launched from Russia’s Plesetsk space base, on its scientific journey to study the Earth’s atmosphere.
The launch of the mini environmental satellite “Muznat” is part of the plans of the space education program in universities of the Emirates Space Agency, which aims to establish an integrated educational and scientific structure, develop young national cadres and encourage them to work in the space sector by providing a unique opportunity for students to convert acquired theoretical knowledge into practice and application. My work is backed by the inspiring experiences of the most prominent engineers and space engineering experts in the country.
A team of graduate students at Khalifa University of Science and Technology and the American University of Ras Al Khaimah will monitor, process and analyze the data that MuznSat sends to the main earth station in the Yahsat Laboratory at Khalifa University and the sub-earth station at the American University in Ras Al Khaimah.
During the past two months, the team completed all final tests and experiments prior to the launch, including compatibility and readiness tests, environmental thermal vacuum testing, as well as vibration tests for final preparation for launch.
MuznSat is classified within the category of nanometer satellites, with dimensions of 10 x 10 x 30 cm and a weight of 2.7 kg. The development process took three years, during which students worked on the various stages of the project, including developing a work plan, developing and implementing the necessary designs, then developing and manufacturing the main parts of the moon. In addition to the ground station and digital camera.
The students also participated in conducting experiments and tests to ensure the readiness of the scientific devices that he will carry, as well as his ability to receive orders and successfully send the required data and images. The students also developed algorithms for processing scientific data that the moon will capture.
Upon reaching its orbit, MeznSat will monitor greenhouse gases such as methane and carbon dioxide and measure their distribution in the atmosphere.