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Daejeon, South Korea (SPX) Apr 25, 2013
Satrec Initiative (SI) of South Korea and the Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST) of United Arab Emirates jointly announced the development program of the DubaiSat-3 Earth observation small satellite system during a press conference held in Dubai.
DubaiSat-3 will be a state-of-the-art small satellite carrying an electro-optical camera with 0.7-meter resolution imaging capability, but it weighs less than 350 kilograms.
The DubaiSat-3 program is the third space program of EIAST in collaboration with SI following the DubaiSat-1 (launched in July 2009) and DubaiSat-2 (ready for launch) programs. The launch of DubaiSat-2 is expected in the third quarter of this year and it will be the first small satellite for commercial operation in the world that will provide 1-meter resolution image data.
EIAST will have the leadership in the development of the DubaiSat-3 system by maximizing the local activities in Dubai. SI has already signed an agreement with EIAST to provide technical consultancy for the DubaiSat-3 program this January.
Dr. Byungjin Kim, the President and CEO of SI, said "This third agreement with EIAST is a typical example that shows we have strong competitiveness in the small satellite market and we value the long-term needs of our partners."
Also, "Since the launch of DubaiSat-1 and the Malaysian RazakSAT in 2009, we have continued international programs such as DubaiSat-2 and the Spanish Deimos-2 and both of them are 1-meter class small satellites. As this agreement demonstrates, Satrec Initiative is leading the development of high-resolution Earth observation small satellites," he added.
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