The UoS Emirati students, Ali Nasir Salim Khalfan Al-Hammadi, Rasheed Abdulla Saeed Al-Hamdy Al-Yammahi, and Eman Yousif Mohamed Ali Al-Ali, were able to follow an intensive program in the CanSat technology and the different technologies relating to rocket launching. The program was organised under the supervision of the UAE Space Agency with the aim of engaging young Emirati students in the CubeSat technology.
At the same Cubesat program at SCASS, the Sharjah Center for Astronomy and Space Sciences and Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) organised a special one-day workshop on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 under the theme “Space Mission Design and Operation.”
The workshop was worked out as a training program for the members, students and faculty, of the CubeSat Laboratory Program at the University of Sharjah and the Sharjah Center for Astronomy and Space Sciences. The participants had a chance to analyse existing space missions and create their simulated space mission from scratch.
AGI is one of the leading companies that provides commercial software for designing, developing and operating missions within the space and national defense communities. Its best application STK is a 2D and 3D modeling environment used by engineers, mission analysts, operators and decision-makers from more than 700 global organisations to model complex systems, such as aircraft, satellites, ground vehicles and their sensors, to evaluate their performance in real or simulated time. Built on a time-dynamic, physics-based geometry engine, AGI software answers fundamental questions essential to solving dynamic analysis problems.
The fifteen students, many of them Emirati nationals, who attended the workshop, come from two main colleges of the University of Sharjah: Engineering and Sciences. These students are to be responsible for building the first CubeSat for the University of Sharjah with the help and guidance of eight faculty members.
In light of the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member, Ruler of Sharjah and President of the University of Sharjah, the Sharjah Center of Astronomy and Space Sciences is moving forward in the pursuit of introducing space technologies, especially the CubeSat technology.
With the guidance of Prof. Hamid Al Naimiy, five laboratories related to astronomy and space sciences are being established at the center. The UAE as a whole and Sharjah in particular, is building a bright future in space-related programs. The UAE Mars Hope that will be launched in 2020 is one notable example.