Satellite Programme

  • Category Satellites
  • Satellite Name Nayif-1


The UAE’s first nanosatellite, Nayif-1 was launched by MBRSC in collaboration with educational institutions, primarily the American University of Sharjah (AUS), as part of the sustainable space science knowledge transfer programme. The project helped to develop the space technology industry skills of Emirati engineering students and provided them with hands-on experience in the design, manufacture, integration, installation and operation of small satellites.


  • Launched 15th February 2017 on board a PSLV-C37 rocket from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, India
  • Designed & Manufactured: MBRSC/American University of Sharjah team in Dubai, UAE
  • Altitude: 450-720 km (elliptical orbit), Mass: 1.32 kg
  • Bus dimensions: 10 x 10 x 11.35 cm
  • Mission: Technological knowledge development and transfer; amateur radio
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