The King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) has completed the development of Saudi Sat 5A and Saudi Sat 5B satellites, two reconnaissance satellites that will join the second-generation of high-accuracy Saudi remote-sensing satellites that will be launched this year.
A report in Saudi Gazette stated that the two satellites have been manufactured and tested at the KACST laboratories by Saudi engineers.
“KACST has launched 13 satellites and participated in the exploration mission of Changi 4 Satellite with the Chinese. KACST provided the advanced services for the remote-sensing system, and launched a developed system for satellite tracking and controlling of commercial ships, which includes a comprehensive daily coverage of ship traffic of up to 30,000 ships around the world,” the report stated.
Saudi Arabia is accelerating its efforts in space with the launch of the two new satellites as part of the country’s 2030 vision, which aims to grow and nurture local talent.