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NSSDCA ID: 2018-084F


Manufactured at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center in Dubai, KhalifaSat is the first observation satellite built in the United Arab Emirates It’s a follow-up mission to the UAE’s DubaiSat 1 and DubaiSat 2 Earth-imaging satellites, which were largely manufactured in South Korea before their launches in 2009 and 2013 aboard Russian-Ukrainian Dnepr rockets.

The optical imager on KhalifaSat will be able to resolve features on Earth’s surface as small as 70 centimeters, or about 27 inches, according to the mission’s official website.

KhalifaSat is a milestone mission as UAE engineers prepare a Mars orbiter for launch. The Emirates Mars Mission will launch from Tanegashima on a dedicated H-2A rocket in July 2020, further extending UAE’s space cooperation with Japan.

Alternate Names

  • 43676

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2018-10-29
Launch Vehicle: H-2A
Launch Site: Tanegashima, Japan
Mass: 330 kg

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (United Arab Emirates)


  • Technology Applications
  • Earth Science

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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