SAASST Attends RAST 2019
The Sharjah Academy for Astronomy, Space Sciences, and Technology (SAASST) recently attended the 9th International Conference on "Recent Advances in Space Technologies (RAST 2019)" in Istanbul between June 11-14, 2019. RAST 2019 has the main objective of providing a forum for the presentation and review of developments in space, as well as all aspects of recent developments in space technologies. A focus is desired on a historical and current evaluation of the economic aspects of space technology and how it can further contribute to development in its aspects with specific emphasis on how to reach the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030. A paper by Aslan, A. R., Naimiy H. M. K, Fernini, I. et al. was presented by Dr. Ilias Fernini, the Deputy General Director for the Research Laboratories and Observatories. The paper title was "Space Technology Capacity Building in Support of SDG 2030 through CubeSat SharjahSat-1".
The SHARJAH-SAT-1 would be the first CubeSat mission to be developed by the Sharjah Academy for Astronomy, Space Sciences, and Technology (SAASST) students and researchers, with the aim of not only designing, fabricating, testing & launching the CubeSat itself, but also building the capacities and expertise for future SAASST CubeSat missions as well. For the project, SAASST is working in close collaboration with an experienced international partner, the Istanbul Technical University, Space Systems Design and Test Laboratory which has already developed and launched 5 CubeSats into low earth orbit. Overall, the project, puts the human capacity development in its center, in support of UN SDG 2030 for an equal world.