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Saudi Arabia set to launch two locally made satellites

One of the satellites will be used for maritime tracking while the other will serve academic purposes.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is set to launch two satellites on Sunday, March 21. Both satellites were designed and made in the Kingdom.

The first satellite called Shaheen Sat will be the 17th spacecraft from King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology to be launched in Kazakhstan. It will be used for photography and maritime tracking purposes.

The second one, a CubeSat has been designed by King Saud University for educational use.

Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Space Authority said that with the establishment of the Saudi Space Authority as an umbrella institution, the Kingdom is looking to produce major achievements in partnership with bodies and institutions that work in the field of scientific research, such as KACST, and others that work in manufacturing, including several Saudi institutions.

KSU will use its ground station for the project. The station can communicate with satellites and the International Space Station.

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