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UAE launches nano satellite ‘Nayif-1’ from India

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Dubai: The United Arab Emirates successfully launched its first nano satellite into space on Wednesday morning.

Dubbed as ‘Nayif-1’, the nano-satellite was launched on the PSLV-C37 rocket, from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India.

The satellite is a joint project between the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and the American University of Sharjah (AUS), with support from nano satellite developer Innovative Solutions in Space.

It is designed to give Emirati engineering students an experience in designing, building, testing and operating nano satellites.

“With the launch of the new satellite, we are confident that we are on the right path for achieving new scientific breakthroughs with the efforts of UAE citizens,” said His Highness Shaikh Hemdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and chairman of Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre.