April 15, 2024

MBRSC And HCT Unveil Cubesat Collaboration

HCT-SAT Is Due For Launch By Yearend

The Dubai-headquartered Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and the Dubai-based Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) have begun work on their HCT-SAT 1 Earth-observation CubeSat project.

Cubesats are miniature satellites used exclusively in Low Earth Orbit (LEO).

HCT students from diverse academic backgrounds are currently stationed at MBRSC’s laboratories in Dubai. There, they are participating in the development of the HCT-SAT 1 project—expected to launch to LEO by the end of 2024—under the expert tutelage of MBRSC engineers.

The project, HCT’s maiden student-led space endeavour, signifies a strategic alliance between MBRSC and HCT.

Through hands-on involvement in all phases of the cubesat’s lifecycle, the HCT students and faculty members will gain invaluable expertise, contributing to the UAE’s advancement in space exploration.

Thirty-four HCT students, supported by nine faculty members representing various engineering disciplines and applied media, are now collaborating to advance the HCT-SAT 1 project.

Interdisciplinary Approach

This interdisciplinary approach underscores the significance of integrating space technology into educational curricula.

Salem Humaid Al Marri, Director General of MBRSC, said: At MBRSC, we are committed to fostering a culture of innovation and excellence, particularly among the youth who are the future pioneers of our nation’s [UAE] space sector.

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“The commencement of the HCT-SAT 1 project is a testament to our belief in the transformative power of education in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

“By involving students in such high-calibre projects, we educate and inspire a new generation to dream big. We are confident that this hands-on experience will equip our students with the skills and knowledge required to propel the UAE National Space Programme to new heights.”

Dr Faisal Alayyan, President & CEO of HCT, added: “This initiative is a pivotal outcome of the partnership, designed to equip HCT students with advanced knowledge in space sciences.

“This collaboration underscores the importance of space research in driving human progress while elevating awareness of the UAE’s strategic advancements and accomplishments in space exploration. It is critical to the nation’s [UAE] vision to achieve a leading role in the highly competitive global space industry.”

The collaboration between MBRSC and HCT reflects a strategic effort to embed space technology into educational frameworks, positioning UAE-based students as integral contributors to the UAE’s still-growing space industry.

Featured image: HCT students work on the HCT-SAT 1 project in Dubai. Credit: MBRSC

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