Riyadh - SPA
KACST succeeds in developing and manufacturing two reconnaissance satellites
King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) has concluded
developing and manufacturing "Saudi Sat 5A" and "Saudi Sat 5B", two
reconnaissance satellites to join the second generation of high-accuracy
Saudi remote-sensing satellites to be launched this year.
The two satellites were fully manufactured and tested in accordance
with the international standards in KACST laboratories with the hands of
Saudi expertise and competencies working in the field of satellite
industry and development.
This national achievement comes as a result of the great support
provided by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin
Abdulaziz Al Saud and His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin
Abdulaziz, Crown Prince, Vice President of the Council of Ministers and
Minister of Defense, for the sector of research and development in the
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia generally and King Abdulaziz City for Science
and Technology particularly.
"Saudi Sat 5" is an asset to the accomplishments achieved by the Kingdom in the fields of space and satellites.
King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology launched 13
satellites and participated in the exploration mission of "Changi 4"
Satellite with the Chinese side. 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 launch of the two new satellites comes as part of the Kingdom
Vision 2030 aiming to localize strategic technologies, maximize local
content and empower the Saudi youths gain knowledge of advanced
technologies in the development and manufacture of satellites.