SCASS Inaugurates 1st
UAE Meteor Monitoring Tower
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.
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.
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.
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.