MBRSC, HCT start work on student-led space project

Dubai Media Office

The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) have officially started working on the student-led space project, HCT-SAT 1.

The Earth-observation CubeSat project is set to be launched by the end of 2024. It's being developed by HCT students under the guidance of MBRSC engineers.

HCT-Sat 1 will be a compact satellite design of unit size 1U (10cm x 10cm x 10cm).

MBRSC's engineers will guide students across all critical phases of the satellite's lifecycle, including design, development, assembly, testing and operational management.

The partnership involves not only the launch of the payload, but also an extensive educational experience, empowering both students and faculty members with expert training and delivering substantial support in the immersive CubeSat curriculum.

This marks a significant step forward in integrating space technology within the educational sector, aiming to advance the UAE’s position in space exploration and science.

The project will see 34 male and female HCT students across various engineering disciplines, including aviation sciences, airframe design and electrical engineering, together with applied media students undertaking marketing aspects, work as a cohesive team.

The students will be supported and mentored by nine HCT faculty members.


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