KhalifaSat, the first satellite designed and constructed by Emirati engineers at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), was successfully transported to Incheon International Airport in South Korea by Emirates SkyCargo.
Emirates’ freight division completed the transfer of the new satellite via an Emirates SkyCargo Boeing 777 freighter aircraft. Set to be launched in 2018, KhalifaSat will serve as a remote sensing satellite that will provide images of the earth for application across a number of industries.
Nabil Sultan, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Cargo, said: “Over the years Emirates SkyCargo has transported a wide variety of unusual cargo but being able to transport the first satellite manufactured in the UAE is a unique honour. We are delighted to bring our expertise in air transportation to the table on this historic and momentous occasion.”
You’ll never guess what we moved recently. Watch Emirates SkyCargo transport KhalifaSat, the first satellite developed and built by Emirati engineers in the UAE at the @MBRSpaceCentre. pic.twitter.com/y6avBQ3kKg— Emirates airline (@emirates) February 15, 2018
Planning for the transfer was conducted in close collaboration with MBRSC and begun back in November 2017. The precious and sensitive cargo was first moved from MBRSC’s manufacturing facility to the Emirates SkyCentral DWC freighter cargo terminal at Dubai World Central airport. There it was loaded into the Boeing 777 freighter aircraft, before continuing on the next leg of its journey to South Korea.
Salem Al Marri, Assistant Director General for Scientific and Technical Affairs, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, commented: “It has been a journey of nearly five years from the time the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre commenced the manufacture of KhalifaSat to now where we’re getting ready for the final launch.
“We needed a partner who had the capability and expertise to transport KhalifaSat from Dubai without compromising its sensitive instrumentation and components. Emirates SkyCargo worked with us over a three month period to make sure that the entire transportation process went smoothly,” he added.