- Published on Saturday 30 June 2018 09:18
SHAH ALAM – Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) made history as the first public university to build and launches its inaugural nano-satellite, UiTMSAT-1
The nano-satellite was sent to the International Space Station (ISS) via the Space X Falcon 9 space rocket that was launched by the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 17.47 local time.
The 10 cm cube-shaped nano-satellite was built by two students UiTM Syazana Basyirah Mohamad Zaki and Muhammad Hasif Azami, who are currently studying in Japan, following a collaborative effort with the Kyushu Institute of Technology (KyuTech ) in the "Joint Global Multi-Nation" program.
The launch of UiTMSAT-1 that was projected through a live ISS feed on YouTube was witnessed by UITM vice-chancellor Prof Emeritus Datuk Dr Hassan Said, the director of its center for satellite communication professor TS Dr Mohamad Huzaimy Jusoh, as well as faculty and students in an event held here.
Hassan said the nano-satellite would be temporarily held at the ISS and should have been released in its orbit, about 400,000 kilometers off the ground, in August.
Meanwhile, Mohamad Huzaimy explained that the nano-satellite had six missions, including that of acquiring images, testing the correlation of satellite position and the Global Positioning System chip, measuring the magnetic field in outer space to obtain data on the geomagnetic mapping in Southeast Asia and radio communications.