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UiTM reaches milestone in space – nation



SHAH ALAM: Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) is proud to say that it is the first local university to have a nanosatellite in space.

The UiTMSAT-1 is being transported to the International Space Station aboard the SpaceX 'Dragon Spacecraft, which was launched yesterday in the US by the Cape Canaveral Air Force in Florida. The commercial replenishment mission is to reach the space station with its payload, including UiTMSAT-1 on July 2.

UiTM-Vice Chancellor Prof. Emeritus Datuk Hassan Said said UiTMSAT-1 marks another milestone for the public university and paves the way for Malaysia to become a "space nation".

"We did not think we could do it," he said, before taking the live feed from the launch on the Shah Alam campus.

Prof. Hassan added that this is also an important moment for Malaysia.

The nanosatellite is the product of Malaysia's cooperation with Japan, Bhutan and the Philippines in a project called Joint Global Multi-Nation BIRDS-2 Project [1

96592002] Bhutan and the Philippines also each developed a nanosatellite, which together with UiTMSAT-1 is also on the way to the International Space Station.

The Nanosatellites or CubeSats were developed and tested by 10 postgraduates – two Malaysians, two from the Philippines, three Japanese and three from Bhutan – in the Spacecraft Environmental Laboratory, Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan

The Malaysians Team, UiTM postgraduate students Syazana Basyirah Mohammad Zaki and Muhammad Hasif Azami, have been working on the project since December 2016.

Nanosatellite is a cost-effective miniature instrument for space research. The data collected can be used for research and pave the way for industry and government initiatives, said UiTM Center for Satellite Communications, Assoc Prof Mohamad Huzaimy Jusoh

Each CubeSat, weighing 10cm × 10cm × 10cm and 1kg will weigh in mid-August Sent by the International Space Station into orbit

* See full report in StarEducate next Sunday .


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