Two Saudi designed satellites were launched into space from China this week.
The satellites, known as Sat 5a and Saudi Sat 5b, were developed by King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology and will be used for high-resolution imagery of the earth’s surface from low earth orbits. This will help Saudi with urban planning, monitor movements and changes to the surface and provide government with high-resolution imagery.
King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology launched 13 satellites to date and has assisted with the mission of “Changi 4” Satellite with the Chinese.
The launch of the new satellites is a part of Vision 2030, aiming to localise strategic technologies, maximise local content and encourage Saudi youths to learn about advanced technologies in developing and manufacturing of satellites.