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The road to launching Nayif-1, the UAE’s first nanosatellite

Posted by AUS blog on Mar 9, 2017 9:00:00 AM

By Dr. Mohamed El-Tarhuni

Back in March 2014, American University of Sharjah was approached by what was then known as the Emirates Institute for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST) and now known as the Mohammad Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) to embark on an exciting project. We were very proud of the fact that among all universities in the country, AUS was chosen as the academic partner for this ambitious project. Our student would build the UAE’s first nanosatellite and launch it into space!

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Topics: American University of Sharjah, AUS, American University, American, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, Space, Orbit, Nayif-1, Nanosatellite

MBRSC and American University of Sharjah partner into space

Posted by AUS blog on Feb 23, 2017 9:00:00 AM

By Dr. Richard Schoephoerster

Space….the final frontier. Any true-blue Star Trek fan knows the source of those words, but, whether you are a Trekkie or not, everyone understands the spirit of their meaning. Frontier implies exceeding limits, moving into the unknown, with all of the excitement and thrill that comes with that. That excitement was palpable on the campus of American University of Sharjah (AUS) last week. Some of our alumni were on campus as the nanosatellite that they designed and constructed in collaboration with the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC), was launched into orbit. While there was certainly a roar of applause and a huge collective sigh of relief for each successive stage of the rocket launch, including the deployment of Nayif-1 into its orbit, the real moment of truth arrived when the first signals were received at the AUS ground station, because, for our former students and the MBRSC staff, that was the ultimate measure of achievement for this collaborative enterprise.

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Topics: American University of Sharjah, AUS, American University, Communication, American, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, Space, Orbit, Nanosatellite, Satellite

AUS team explores best places for space observatories

Posted by AUS blog on Dec 12, 2016 10:47:56 AM

By Tayiba Ahmad

During the Islamic Golden Age, which lasted from the mid-8th century to the mid thirteenth century, scholarly learning was greatly prized by the Arabs and Muslims, and Arab scholars majorly contributed to developments in science and mathematics. Amongst these were the developments they made in astronomy. Arab astronomers made innovative discoveries and conducted research that was later adopted by astronomers from other parts of the world. Unfortunately, astronomy in the Arab world has declined, even though it is needed, not only particularly for religious purposes, but also for other philosophical purposes.

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Topics: American University of Sharjah, American University, Science, Physics, American, Astronomy, Space, Arab World

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