Japanese rocket lofts first UAE-made satellite

Japanese rocket lofts first UAE-made satellite

The first entirely UAE-made satellite launched into space today in what has been hailed as an "unprecedented Emirati achievement" by the country's leaders.

Millions witnessed the live launch of KhalifaSat from Japan's Tanegashima Space Centre, reflecting the strong bonds of partnership between the UAE and nations across the world, with the aim to ensure safety, peace and security for humanity.

The satellite took five years to development, starting in 2013 after an announcement about the space bid by UAE Vice President and Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Taking to Twitter to express his pride, he said the launch was a feat in which "the children of the Emirates proved their ability, maturity, knowledge and ambition which they are racing the world with".

Still from the livestream of the KhalifaSat Launch, at Tanegashima Space Centre, Japan.

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The satellite is officially named GOSAT-2, short for "greenhouse gases observing satellite-2", and is meant to provide data that will help Japan create and publish "emission inventories" of the Carbon dioxide output of various countries, as outlined in the Paris climate accord.

Another important message behind the launch of KhalifaSat is that of the human element.

The KhalifaSat Earth observation satellite was launched on board a H-2A rocket.

KhalifaSat's successful launch and the aforementioned accomplishments are not only indicative of the UAE's space industries advancement, but also mark a qualitative shift in its global power ranking.

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