2004 News Story

Launch of Kingdom’s first commercial satellites

Saudi Arabia is launching its first satellites for commercial use today. Abdulaziz Al-Sugair, Team Leader and Project Manager of the Space Research Center at the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) in Riyadh, reports that three locally-built, low-altitude satellites will be launched 650 kilometers into outer space from the Baikonur Launch Pad in Kazhakstan. SaudiComsat One and SaudiComsat Two are for commercial use in data communication. The third satellite, SaudiSat Two, is for experimental purposes such as remote sensing. The satellites will be in orbit 10 minutes from their launch, but it will take from two days to two weeks to stabilize them. With Tuesday's launch Saudi Arabia will have a total of six satellites in space.