Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – Saudi Arabia announced, on Monday, the successful launch of the “Shaheen Sat” satellite from the Baikonur base in Kazakhstan on board the Russian “Soyuz-2” missile.
The official Saudi Press Agency reported that the satellite “includes a telescope payload with high accuracy for imaging, and a cargo tracking of marine vessels. This satellite, which was developed and manufactured within a short period of time, is distinguished by an imaging accuracy of up to 0.9 meters, a weight not exceeding 75 kilograms, and dimensions of up to 56 *”. 56 * 97 cm.
The Saudi Agency quoted Anas bin Faris Al-Faris, President of the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, as saying that “Shaheen Sat has worked to develop a Saudi work team from various engineering disciplines in cooperation with the city’s partners, and provides satellite images for the government and private sectors to serve the development goals in the Kingdom. Tracking marine vessels by employing artificial intelligence and big data technologies. “
For his part, the CEO of the Saudi Space Authority, Abdulaziz Al Al-Sheikh, said, according to what was reported by the Saudi Agency, that “this achievement would not have been achieved without the grace of God Almighty and then the unlimited support of the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and His Highness the trustworthy Crown Prince – God support them. – And the efforts of the Saudi team of engineers and specialists, and the accumulated experience that the city has.