Three companies have come together to design and manufacture a complete satellite imagery system based on CubeSat technology.
The Sultanate of Oman will launch the country’s first satellite into lower Earth orbit by the end of 2022, with the aim of putting the country on the map for global space research and exploration.
The CubeSat will be the result of a collaboration between three companies: the Omani companies TUATARA and ETCO, and the Polish company SatRevolution, which works with the Omani Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology (MTCIT).
The agreement between the organizations was signed at the International Astronautical Congress, held in Dubai, in the presence of Dr Saoud Al Shoaili, Head of the National Space Program at MTCIT of Oman, and Prof. Grzegorz Worchna, president of the Polish Space Agency.
Ammar Al Rawahi, Director of Astro and Space Technologies at ETCO said: ??By cooperating with satellite maker SatRevolution and space services company, one of the world’s leading providers of satellite imagery services, we have secured a valuable partner with excellent access to the latest space technology and analytics. images that will support the national digitization strategy. ?
In addition to the launch of the satellite itself, a five-year collaboration between the parties involved will include the design and manufacture of a complete infrastructure for receiving and transmitting satellite images based on CubeSat technology. The project will be executed in stages comprising several crucial elements: design, manufacture and development of software, enabling ETCO (International Emerging Technology Company) to operate Oman’s first national CubeSat; the creation of the ground station by TUATARA and SatRevolution, ensuring the connection, the operations and the data link with the launched CubeSat; and staff training and know-how transfer, including NASA best practices needed to execute all strategic objectives. SatRevolution has partnered with Virgin Orbit and SpaceX to send its satellites into space.
The project will be technologically independent, collecting and processing data that will serve the technological development of the Sultanate of Oman and contribute to the economic growth of the country. Satellite images can be used to monitor agriculture, renewable energy, petroleum, mining, weather forecasting, border surveillance, and national security within the Sultanate.??
The launch of Oman’s first satellite will enable engineering students, university researchers and founders of new companies to gain knowledge, practical experience and a comparative advantage to accelerate the space industry in the Sultanate.