SCASS Inaugurates 1st UAE Meteor Monitoring Tower

10 May 2018



SCASS Inaugurates 1st UAE Meteor Monitoring Tower


On May 10, 2018, the Sharjah Center for Astronomy and Space Sciences with the UAE Space Agency have inaugurated the first tower of the UAE Meteor Monitoring Network. Eng. Khaled Al-Hashimi, the UAE Space Agency Director of Space Missions, has attended the ceremony along with other officials from the agency. Delegates from other universities have also attended the opening.
 
This is part of a network of three towers that will observe the UAE Sky for any space debris from sunset to sunset. The other two towers will be installed in the emirates of Abu-Dhabi. Each tower is loaded with 17 cameras (ten 8 mm cameras, six 6 mm cameras, and one all-sky camera). The project is financed by the UAE Space Agency for a period of three years. A large team of students from the University of Sharjah will operate the system. The team will do thorough simulations in case the system detects a space debris. If the space debris is meteorite and falls within the UAE territory, a drone system will be used to find the meteorite.
 
This is a pilot project for future towers to be implemented all over the UAE. Besides the detection of space debris, the three towers will also be used for meteorological and ionospheric research applications.
 
The design of the tower was done at SCASS and engineered by the University of Sharjah. A local steel company was given the contract to build and mount the tower. SCASS employees Issam Abu-Jami, Mohamed Talafha, and Ridwan Fernini mounted the system of cameras and all cords extension. 





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