AURAKSAT-1, also known as MeznSat, embarks on an impressive mission of designing and constructing a satellite, even within the compact dimensions of a CubeSat. This challenging project is an invaluable opportunity for Emirati students to engage in a hands-on experience involving an actual satellite's design, construction, testing, and operation. Students gain exposure to various engineering disciplines by participating in this interdisciplinary initiative, fostering a comprehensive understanding of systems engineering.

The overarching objective of this project is to establish a sustainable framework that fosters long-term training, research, and development capabilities within the UAE. The project involves two esteemed institutions: Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MI), renowned for its research-focused graduate programs, and the American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK), which primarily focusing on undergraduate education. They strive to create an integrated continuity program through active collaboration in aerospace education and research. This joint effort aims to contribute to the ambitious space program in the UAE by cultivating a skilled national workforce. As part of this long-term vision, there is a focus on garnering support for the development of new graduate and undergraduate degree programs in aerospace engineering and establishing dedicated research laboratories.

In addition to its primary mission objectives, the project has a compelling mandate to engage in public outreach and educational initiatives. This includes involving the public throughout the various stages of development and production processes and sharing project updates and data through publications and conference proceedings. The project team actively seeks opportunities to speak at schools and other public events, further fostering awareness and understanding of space exploration among the wider community.

The Team

No Name Major Email
1 Aisha Khalid El Allam Computer Science
2 Shadi Ben Abderrahman Computer Engineering
3 Haya AlAjjal Industrial Engineering
4 Shaikha Alqassimi Industrial Engineering
5 Aala AlTeneiji Electronics and Communication Engineering
6 Rashed Jamal Abujarad Electronics and Communication Engineering
7 Basel Refaat Altawil Mechanical Engineering
8 Shamma Esmaeel Jamali Mechanical Engineering
9 Maryam Saeed Alnuaimi Electronics and Communication Engineering
10 Fatema Rashed AlAyyan Electronics and Communication Engineering
11 Ahmed Aadel Ali Yousef Al-Ali Mechanical Engineering
12 Ahmed Mohammed Al Blooshi Mechanical Engineering
13 Raouf Reda Elashry Electronics and Communication Engineering
14 Fatima Ayman Aly Electronics and Communication Engineering
15 Nouf Mohammed Ali Alteneiji Industrial Engineering
16 Hamda Ali Al Shehhi Industrial Engineering
Last Updated: 23 Nov 2023
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