AirWatch over UAE [CANSEC17D1]

31 May 2017

The Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) (Booth 1036), based at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies, has signed a contract to provide Dubai-based Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) with a micro-satellite for aerosol and greenhouse gas monitoring.

MBRSC is integral to the strategic initiative put in place by the Dubai government to inspire scientific innovation and technological advancement, and to advance sustainable development in the United Arab Emirates.

The DMSat-1 (also known as ‘AirWatch’) satellite will leverage past developments at SFL for a rapidly developed mission that will incorporate two payloads. The primary payload is a multispectral polarimeter used to monitor aerosols – fine particles of liquid and solids in the upper atmosphere normally caused by man-made sources, but also correlating to natural phenomena such as dust storms.

The secondary instrument is a pair of spectrometers that will enable MBRSC to detect greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane over the UAE. The study of aerosols and greenhouse gases will be conducted by researchers local to the UAE.

In previous missions, SFL’s Next-generation Earth Monitoring and Observation (NEMO) platform technology, a key enabler for the mission, has demonstrated precise attitude control and target tracking capabilities that will play a key role in the accurate pointing of the DMSat-1 sensors.

SFL is celebrating 19 years of successful development of complete space missions for all applications – Earth observation, monitoring and remote sensing, asset tracking, communications, science, and technology demonstration – continually pushing the envelope by building big performance into smaller satellites, and meeting customers’ demands for tight budgets and short schedules.

SFL, led by Dr Robert E Zee, is Canada’s most prolific satellite builder and exporter of satellites internationally.c

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