Oman’s first satellite will be launched into Earth’s lower orbit by the end of 2022.
The CubeSat technology-based satellite is the result of a collaboration between Oman’s TUATARA, a business solutions provider, ETCO, an international emerging technology company, and Poland’s SatRevolution a satellite manufacturer and space service company. All three are working with Oman’s Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology (MTCIT).
The agreement between the organisations was signed at the International Astronautical Congress, which was held from 25 to 29 October in Dubai.
According to the Times of Oman, besides the launch of the satellite itself, a five-year collaboration between the parties will include designing and manufacturing a complete satellite imaging receiving and transmission infrastructure based on CubeSat technology.
The project will be executed in stages comprising several crucial elements of the design, manufacture and development of software, enabling ETCO to operate the CubeSat. These include the creation of the ground station by TUATARA and SatRevolution, providing connection, operations and datalink with the launched CubeSat, along with personnel training and know-how transfer.
The project will be technologically independent, collecting and processing useful data. The partners say that satellite images can be used to monitor agriculture, renewable energy, oil, mining, weather forecasting, border monitoring and national security within the Sultanate.
Downstream analysis of images and data acquired from satellites using computer vision, machine learning and artificial intelligence technology will enable recognition of patterns and trends, enabling the prediction of the impact of climate change or natural disasters, among other phenomena.