Laboratories

Research is a critical component of the Sharjah Center for Astronomy and Space Sciences. With the help of the University of Sharjah scientific community, the center is opening five main research laboratories, namely

  1. "GIS and Remote Sensing Center"
  2. "Meteorite Center"
  3. "Radio Astronomy Laboratory"
  4. "Ionospheric Laboratory"
  5. "CubeSat Laboratory."

These laboratories will be mainly research centers with researchers and university students working on various projects. There are research plans to

1.      Build a CubeSat to send space sciences experiments to space. CubeSat is a 10 x 10 x 10 centimeters satellite that can be sent into space at a much lower cost than a large satellite, and do the same functions. The College of Engineering and the College of Sciences at the University of Sharjah are the two colleges mainly involved in this exciting project.

 

2.      Build a (35-70) meters radio dish to conduct research in Radio Astronomy / Deep-Space-Network for the Emirates Mars Mission. Radio astronomy is important in the study of the Universe, especially in studying those objects that emit most of their light in radio. The dish will be used in the worldwide VLBI network to study the radio universe at a very high resolution. The dish will also be used to communicate with the future Emirates Mars Hope probe, and be part of the presently three deep space dishes to follow any satellite.

 

3.      Establish a Geographical Information System and Remote Sensing Center to be a major center for local/regional planning. The information obtained can be used to determine the land capability for rural planning by mapping information about soils, agriculture, industry, recreation, and future city land developments. The GIS and RS center will help local/regional authorities to make decisions based upon geographical information.

 

4.      Establish a Meteorite Center to perform research on meteorites collected mainly in the Arabian Peninsula, as well as other samples collected in the African sub-Sahara. The center will bring some multi-disciplinary researchers and students to study these meteorites using a variety of instruments like X-Ray Fluorescence, X-Ray Diffraction, Scanning Electron Microscopy, Electron Spin Resonance, Mossbauer Spectroscopy, Nuclear magnetic resonance and optical microscopy.

 

5.      Establish an "Ionospheric Research Laboratory" to study the effect of the Sun's solar wind on Earth's atmosphere as part of space weather monitoring of the Sun.