EIAST celebrates first year anniversary of DubaiSat-1 launch
The Emirates Institution for Advanced Science & Technology (EIAST) released a mosaic image of the UAE in celebration of the first anniversary of DubaiSat-1, the first remote sensing satellite owned by the UAE.
The image is a collection of over 40 scenes taken by DubaiSat-1 throughout the year. They have been integrated using advanced image processing and fusion techniques to create a spectacular mosaic of the UAE, as observed from space.
The mosaic shows over 150 kilometres of the coastal area of the UAE from Umm Al Quwain up to Abu Dhabi and 70 kilometres of the inland areas such as Al Madam and Al Lisali.
The images reflect the nation’s progress in infrastructure development, and highlight the extent of technological progress achieved under the UAE’s leaders, who are committed to improve and strengthen scientific and technological skills.
“The achievements by EIAST highlights the UAE’s success in leveraging the advanced technology sector, and underscores the capabilities of young Emiratis to actively participate in new and advanced realms of technology,” said His Excellency Mr Ahmed Al Mansoori, Director General, EIAST.
“The success of DubaiSat-1 during the first operational year is testament to EIAST’s ability to translate the strategic direction and overall development plans to drive the knowledge-based economy. We will continue to develop EIAST as an internationally recognized institution and a national icon in science and innovation,” added Al Mansoori.
Established by a Dubai Government decree in 2006, EIAST is mandated with promoting the development of a knowledge-based economy, and drive sustainable development and economic growth in the Emirates and beyond. The agency also champions the effective use of highly sophisticated technologies and accurate spatial information for a variety of applications.
EIAST’s four-fold agenda includes: promoting the culture of advanced scientific research and technology innovation in Dubai and the UAE; creating an internationally competitive base for human skills development; positioning Dubai and the UAE as a science and technology development hub among advanced nations and establishing international collaborative links and joint projects with industry and research organizations.
EIAST focuses on four main scientific programmes: Space, Astronomy, Energy, and Environment and water research. EIAST launched DubaiSat-1, the UAE’s first remote sensing satellite, to outer space and has begun work on the specifications for its third satellite, DubaiSat-3, even as work on DubaiSat-2 continues at full pace for its potential launch by end of 2012.