First Jordanian-made satellite to launch!

Jordan

Published: 2018-11-09 13:14

Last Updated: 2018-11-09 15:05


JY1-SAT
JY1-SAT

Jordanian history will be made on November 19, 2018, as the first local made nano-satellite, dubbed “JY1-SAT", will launch into space to take pictures of Jordan’s historical and touristic places.

The ‘Masar’ (Path) initiative, was launched by the Crown Prince's Foundation, Prince Hussein Bin Abdullah II, in partnership with NASA who trained 22 Jordanian engineering students from around the Kingdom, in scientific and practical research at the Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, the United States.

The team of students explored satellite engineering and related knowledge, and developed their skills in aviation and space science through an intensive program over a period of 10 weeks, under the supervision of NASA experts. This partnership training aims to give Jordanian youth an opportunity to demonstrate capabilities and innovativeness in the field of space, and came to establish the CubeSat.

The nano cube satellite will fly over Jordan and take SSTV images and various data of the Kingdom, and will be available to everyone via two platforms; phone applications for amateur use, and a more advanced desktop software for those who know what they’re doing.

To decode data coming from the images and the sound bites received from the JY1SAT, as well as its telemetry (location, temperature measurements, voltage measurements, etc.) you need to have the proper equipment and ground station setup, or handheld operation.

The nano cube satellite was named JY1-SAT to commemorate His Majesty the late King Hussein Bin Talal; as his callsign was "JY1".

Vision: The Masar initiative aims to inspire and address our youth’s passion for innovation in space technology. Our first NASA interns’ research and interest in nanosatellite technology inspired them to establish the CubeSat program and its design of “JY1-SAT” — Jordan’s first satellite — in memory of His Majesty the late King Hussein (who held the call sign of JY1). As the program’s mentors and advisors today, they guide volunteer engineering students in their exploration of satellite engineering through training, research and practical hands-on experience that will result in the JY1-SAT’s launch into space.

Mission: The Masar initiative aims to inspire and address our youth’s passion for innovation in space technology. The Crown Prince Foundation’s first NASA interns’ research and interest in nanosatellite technology inspired them to establish the CubeSat program and its design of “JY1-SAT” – Jordan’s first satellite.