Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Tunisia, Monday, March 22, 2021, launched 4 satellites aboard a Russian missile (Soyuz-2) from Kazakhstan.
3 Arab countries launch 4 satellites
The official Saudi Press Agency reported that “the Russian missile (Soyuz 2) was successfully launched from the Kazakh base Baikonur, with two Saudi satellites on board,” while the Saudi Space Authority said, through its Twitter account, that “the two satellites (Shaheen Sat) and ( Cube Sat) are 100% locally manufactured.
In turn, the (official) Emirates News Agency broadcasted footage of the launch of the first environmental satellite, named “DMSat 1, on board the same missile, and local media outlets, including the Al-Ain news portal, stated that” the satellite aims to employ space technology and technologies. Artificial intelligence in strengthening the environmental monitoring system at the level of the Emirates.
For its part, Tunisia announced the launch of the first domestically-built satellite called “Challenge 1”, on board the Russian missile. Commenting on this, Tunisian President Kais Said said, “What is happening today is a result of the ability of Tunisian youth who are able to overcome all difficulties and obstacles and reach anywhere only.” With will and confidence. “
Said added, in a press statement: “Young people are the ones who will make history in this country that is capable of being in the best ranks with its confidence and national will in building a better future with personal capabilities.”
The first satellite for Tunisia
While the director of the “Talnat” company, which manufactures the (Tunisian) satellite, Mohamed Fraikha, said in press statements that “the launch of the satellite is a message of hope and success for Tunisian youth” and “Challenge 1 is the first Tunisian satellite manufactured with local capabilities, specializing in” Internet Things “(Internet Of Things).
The “Internet of Things” is an advanced concept of the Internet so that all things in our life have the ability to connect to the Internet, to perform specific functions through the network, and it is used in modern industrial systems.
Earlier Monday, Russia launched a “Soyuz-2” missile, with 38 satellites on board, from 18 countries, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Tunisia.
The missile also carried satellites belonging to Russia, Israel, Thailand, Canada, Brazil, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Argentina and Hungary, according to the Russian “Sputnik” agency.
The missile was supposed to be launched last Saturday, but weather conditions in Kazakhstan prevented that.