Qatar University College of Engineering (QU-CENG) has announced the launching of its CubeSat project. The first QU built CubeSat satellite is to be called QUBSat-I.
The new initiative aims to conceive a multidisciplinary students’ based mega project focused on building, launching and operating a miniaturised pico-satellite system and a satellite ground station according to the CubeSat standardised project in addition to an experimental rocket launching facility.
CENG acting dean Prof Abdelmagid Hammuda said, “Thanks to the CubeSat initiative, access to space technology turned from a farfetched dream into a conceivable reality to many research and academic institutions around the world.
“As part of the project umbrella, QU will also establish an Experimental Rocket Launching initiative. The overarching aim of the CubeSat and Rocket Launching project is to establish the QU Spacecraft Design Lab,” he added.
CENG Department of Electrical Engineering head, Dr Nasser al-Emadi said, “The project was accomplished via the human resources as well as the technological facilities that are already available at Qatar University. The remaining required resources and expertise have been covered through strong partnerships with world renowned partner universities as well as local and international industries.”
CENG Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering head, Prof Elsadig Mahdi said, “QU has decided to join the prestigious league of ambitious institutions in the quest for space technology. QU will be among the leading institutions in the region and the first in Qatar to design, build, launch and operate a pico-satellite.”
With 86 specialisations at the undergraduate and graduate levels, QU offers the widest range of academic programmes in Qatar to meet the needs of Qatari society.
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