UoS Students at the Global Space Congress in Abu-Dhabi (Jan. 31 – Feb. 01, 2017)
The University of Sharjah and the Sharjah Center for Astronomy and Space Sciences have attended during two days the “Global Space Congress” meeting in Abu-Dhabi. The GSC 2017 main objective was to bring together key public and private stakeholders to evaluate the biggest opportunities in the space sector and to get exposure to the world’s most vibrant and energetic new space programs.
The Global Space Congress is where space policies are defined and strategies developed; where new applications for space technology are showcased and the development of highly skilled technical workforces to support national development are promoted. It hosted discussions and initiatives that will have a practical and lasting impact on the overall evolution of the space sector in the Middle East and globally.
The Congress has gathered 600 experts from across the world, including Heads of Space Agencies, C-Level executives from leading space and aerospace companies, government ministries, top researchers, and academics. The Congress enables collaborative development and the implementation of core space and satellite technology strategies, bringing global and regional economic benefits.
Five representatives from the Sharjah Center for Astronomy and Space Sciences (Dr. Ilias Fernini, Ibrahim Al-Jarwan, Mohamed Talafha, Mohamed Bakir, and Mohamed Rihan) and ten students from the University of Sharjah (Huda Abdullah, Ruhi Ahmed Moazzam Misbahulhaq, Rashed Abdulla Saeed, Yumna Adel Mohamed, Eman Yousif Mohamed, Ali Al Hammadi, Salwa Haitham, Amal Mohamed Abdallah Musbah Al Qaydi, Abduallah Abou Hewelle, and Yousuf Mohamed Faroukh) have attended the two days meeting.
The ten students presented their two DemoSat CubeSat systems and demonstrated the practical use of all the eight sensors in front of the GSC delegates. Live experiments done by the UoS students were done to see how each sensor (Luminosity Sensor, Temperature Sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, Barometer, Ultra Violet Light Sensor, Infrared Thermopile) works as part of a unique to see how the different components of a CubeSat work. The delegates were very pleased and amazed to see in front of them how could such a tiny instrument (10cm x 10 cm x 10 cm) could perform all of these experiments. A CubeSat is just a miniaturization of a large satellite with a specific task to accomplish.