MeznSat is expected to launch tomorrow from Russia

MeznSat, a new satellite launched and sponsored by the UAE Space Agency, is expected to launch at 11.20 GMT (3:20 p.m. UAE Time) tomorrow, Monday, from the Plesetsk space centre in northwestern Russia.

The MeznSat project leads to the strategic goals of the UAE Space Agency with a view to enhancing national capabilities and advancing scientific science. Founded by Khalifa University and Ras Al Khaimah American University (AURAK) students, MeznSat is a 3U CubeSat designed to detect concentrations of greenhouse gases ( GHG).

The aim of the project is to provide the UAE space industry with qualified, well-trained graduates by practical experience. In addition, for advanced space-oriented analysis applicable to the UAE, MeznSat opens windows.

The MeznSat will be live on the Soyuz Rocket in Russia. While in orbit, the student team would then track, process and analyse the data from the ground station at Khalifa University’s YahSat Space Facility, as well as the ground station at AURAK.

MeznSat is another step in the UAE space project

The spike in GHGs in the atmosphere as a result of human activity has been generally attribute to climate change. The consequences of climate change are projecting to involve a lack of water supply and quality in most arid and semi-arid areas and reducing agricultural productivity in the tropics and subtropics, following disruption to vegetation and habitats in these areas and changes in these areas.

The State of the Environment (SoE) Abu Dhabi study highlighted key climate-related vulnerabilities, particularly coastal flooding at sea level; increased salinity of coastal aquifers; impacts on the aquatic environment; heat stress; impacts on the natural environment; more severe weather events (floods, droughts, etc.); increased likelihood of dust storms; and danger of airborne pollutants.

The two most important greenhouse gases are carbon dioxide and methane. To significantly minimise the effects of climate change, all pollution (methane and carbon dioxide) needs tackling and tracking.

As a result, the primary scientific objective of this project is to investigate the output of sensing in the shortwave infrared (SWIR) range (1000-1650 nm) in order to detect CH4, CO2, and H2O levels in order to obtain relevant GHG ozone concentrations.’ This mission is focusing on previous assignments, such as CanX-2, SathyabhamaSat, etc.

The secondary / temporary scientific aim is to predict algal blooms in advance. In conjunction with the RGB camera. The output of sensing in the shortwave infrared (SWIR) range (1000-1650 nm). It will also be to estimate the concentration of total suspended matter. As a proxy for nutrients in water in the Arabian Gulf coastal waters to predict an algal bloom in advance, to encourage precautionary steps.

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