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Bahrain to launch its first indigenously built satellite in 2023
This project is a part of the National Space Science Agency’s new strategy that begins with the launch of the first Bahraini satellite and ends in 2028.
Bahrain announced the launch of a new project that will oversee making its first-ever 100% locally built satellite. The project is expected to be completed by December 2023 and is said to have massive contributions from the local youth who are qualified in space sciences and technologies.
Bahrain’s Commander of the Royal Guard, HH Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, appreciated the National Space Science Agency’s (NSSA) management for their effort in placing Bahrain among the countries that have built a satellite on their own.
He lauded the efforts of the members of the Bahrain Space Team for their contribution to the field of space science. He was quoted saying, “Bahraini youth’s excellence in various fields reflects their national spirit, determination and resolve to achieve everything that would enhance Bahrain’s status.”
Suggesting that this achievement is in line with King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa’s vision, NSSA Board of Directors Chairman, Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed, said that “the project is part of NSSA’s new strategy that begins with the launch of the first Bahraini satellite and ends in 2028.”
Last year, Bahrain launched its first ever satellite, “Light-1,” in collaboration with the UAE. This satellite monitors and studies terrestrial gamma-ray flashes (TGRs) from thunderstorms and cumulus clouds.
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