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MBRSC, HCT start development of historic HCT-SAT 1

MBRSC, HCT start development of historic HCT-SAT 1
1 Apr 2024 16:45

DUBAI (ALETIHAD)

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), in collaboration with the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT),  officially started working on the HCT-SAT 1 project, which is the institution’s inaugural student-led space mission.

With a unit size of 1U (10 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm) set to be launched by the end of 2024, the Earth-observation CubeSat project is being developed by HCT students under the expert guidance of MBRSC engineers.

HCT students, from a range of academic disciplines, are currently working within the laboratories of the MBRSC, initiating the strategic development of HCT-SAT 1.

The partnership involves the centre's seasoned engineers providing comprehensive knowledge transfer and mentorship to the students across all critical phases of the satellite's lifecycle, including design, development, assembly, testing, and operational management.

This collaboration encompasses not only the launch of the payload, but also an extensive educational experience, empowering both students and faculty members with expert training, and delivering substantial support in the immersive CubeSat curriculum.

This effort marks a significant step forward in integrating space technology within the educational sector, aiming to advance the UAE’s position in space exploration and science.

It will see 34 male and female HCT students across various engineering disciplines, including aviation sciences, airframe design, and electrical engineering, together with Applied Media students undertaking marketing aspects, work as a cohesive interdisciplinary team. The students are ably supported and mentored by nine HCT faculty members.

Director General of MBRSC, H.E. Salem Humaid AlMarri, commented: "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 space sector. 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 (STEM). By involving students in such high-calibre projects, we are not just educating; we are inspiring a new generation to dream big and contribute to the UAE's ambitious space exploration goals. 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."

HCT President & CEO, Dr. Faisal Alayyan, applauded the strategic collaboration with the MBRSC on the development of HCT-SAT 1.

“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 a critical component of the nation's vision to achieve a leading role in the highly competitive global space industry,” he said.

“The HCT-SAT 1 project aligns with our strategic commitment to advance applied education, foster essential future skills, and boost students' career prospects in key sectors. It will offer students who are passionate space an invaluable gateway to the air space sector through expert-led scientific knowledge and hands-on experience,”  Alayyan added.

This partnership between MBRSC and HCT is a strategic move to embed space technology into the HCT curriculum, offering students unparalleled opportunities to engage with the space sector.

The project not only enhances students' understanding of space science but also paves the way for them to become integral contributors to the UAE's growing space industry.

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