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The First Image From The UAE's KhalifaSat Has Been Shared

A high res picture of Dubai's Palm Jumeirah is the first to be taken and shared from the UAE's first satellite

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6 November 2018

Last updated on 13 November 2018
by Rebecca Roberts
First image from KhalifaSat shared

Image credit: Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre

The first ever photo taken by the UAE's own KhalifaSat has been shared.

In October, the UAE's first ever 100% Emirati-engineered satellite that was manufactured in the UAE launched into orbit. It's the most sophisticated satellite built by the UAE, and successfully launched into space on the morning of October 29th, 2018.

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Marking a new landmark for the country's space programme, KhalifaSat is the first satellite to be designed, tested and manufactured entirely by Emirati engineers at the Space Technology Laboratories at Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC).

It's been in orbit for a week, and now the first photo captured by KhalifaSat has been shared with the general public.

This first photo taken by KhalifaSat - which shows Dubai's iconic Palm Jumeirah - signals the beginning of its five-year Earth imaging journey in space, Gulf News reports.

The image was taken at 1.32pm on October 31st, when KhalifaSat passed over Dubai.

The first two test shots of Dubai were of the Arabian Gulf and the World Islands, shared Ammer Al Mheiri, Manager of the Image Processing Station at MBRSC. But the two were not processed as they did not meet the imaging criteria... Until this stunning Palm Jumeirah photo was sent back, which shows the man-man island in all its glory.