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Construction to soar as UAE's KhalifaSat takes first photo from space

KhalifaSat will provide important data about the feasibility of infrastructure projects

A picture of Dubai's Palm Jumeirah is the first image every taken by the UAE's KhalifaSat [image: Dubai Media Office].
A picture of Dubai's Palm Jumeirah is the first image every taken by the UAE's KhalifaSat [image: Dubai Media Office].

Construction will be among the trades to benefit from the UAE's first satellite, KhalifaSat, after it took its first-ever high-definition image from space.

Dubai's Palm Jumeirah was the subject of the photo, which was officially unveiled after KhalifaSat launched into orbit on 29 October 2018, and passed over the UAE on 31 October 2018.

KhalifaSat orbits Earth 14 times per day and will take high-definition photographs of the planet during its course. These images will provide data to urban planners to help them ensure land is used effectively and infrastructure proposals are realistic. It will also benefit construction by providing high-definition aerial surveys of the UAE as the country continues its rapid pace of urban transformation.

The UAE-made satellite will also monitor the impact of climate change and environmental degradation on the international scale to asses how human activity affects changes in urban and natural environments.

READ: Dubai's Palm Jumeirah gets UAE's first 'floating pool'

KhalifaSat was built by Emirati engineers and the satellite is currently being calibrated by a team of scientists to ensure its high-definition telescopic cameras are ready to shoot images from up to 600km above the ground.

Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre is managing the initiative, which is unprecedented in UAE history, and said images definition will become sharper, with improvements for geographic accuracy and positioning as well, Dubai Media Office reported. 

Palm Jumeirah ... KhalifaSat’s first image from space.#Dubai @MBRSpaceCentre pic.twitter.com/D1TYUVqdGU

— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) November 5, 2018

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